Extreme cold brings higher heating bills

This cold weather isn’t go away, and neither are higher heating bills.

Single digit temperatures and wind chill warnings will only make your furnaces work more.

Nicor is already warning customers about paying more per therm.

Now Peoples Gas says March heating bills could be an average of $50 higher because of increased demand.

“These extremely cold conditions that we’re experiencing are really tough on our pipes,” said Jennifer Block of Peoples Gas.  “We’re constantly investing in infrastructure here in Chicago, and it costs a lot more to operate and maintain that system in this type of cold.”

Peoples Gas is seeking a rate adjustment that would lead to an average increase of five dollars a month next year.

North Shore Gas’ proposed hike would be about half that.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are encouraging residents to get help with their heating bills by applying for both federally funded LIHEAP (Low Income Heating Assistance Program) grants and Share the Warmth grants. Both programs are administered in Cook County by CEDA and in Lake County by Community Action Partnership of Lake County.

Customers should also contact Peoples Gas by calling 866-556-6001  and  North Shore Gas by calling 866-556-6004  to enquire about financial assistance such as payment plans as well as energy efficiency information which can help lower bills.

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