Gas heating bills on the way down
By STACEY DANZUSO
Chambersburg gas heat customers will pay about $25 a month less this winter on their gas bills.
Lower gas prices are the reason for the difference, said John Leary, gas superintendent.
Last winter, gas prices soared to more than $10 a decatherm, but the gas the borough has in storage and currently is buying is all about $5 or less a decatherm, Leary recently told the Chambersburg Borough Council.
"Gas prices have gone down more because of a mild summer and mild fall, so demand is down," Leary said.
Gas costs will be about 60 percent less than they were projected to be in February, Leary said.
However, because storage, supplier and distribution costs remain fixed, the average savings for a residential gas heat customer will be about 20 percent less than the average $125 bills last winter, Leary said.
He also had good news about the $1 million deficit the gas department faced last winter.