Government projects lower winter heating costs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Government projects lower winter heating costs

WASHINGTON. - People who heat with natural gas may have a little extra money to burn this winter.

The government says the winter heating bill should be about $105 less than it was last winter.

Households that use fuel oil, electric heat or propane will also be paying less than last year. It's partly because of lower fuel costs, and partly because of an expected milder winter.

The Energy Information Administration says households will pay on average $783 for natural gas and $1,821 for fuel oil. Households with electric heat will pay $933, and those using propane will spend $1,667.

The agency cautions that actual household costs could vary depending on local weather conditions, the size and energy efficiency of homes and the efficiency of heating equipment.

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