Low Temperatures Causing High Heating Bills

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The frigid temperatures that are affecting many parts of the Northeast United States are also causing severe shortages of home heating fuels combined with increased prices.

Here in Western New York, the situation with natural gas is not as bad because National Fuel is able to buy and store over 50% of its supply during the summer months when prices are lower.

However, many customers will see higher bills for January because of increased usage.

"Just remember, ten days have been colder this month than any day in the last two winters," said National Fuel spokesperson Karen Merkel.

The cold weather is causing shortages of propane in areas affected by the deep cold temperatures.

In a statement issued by NOCO, Dave Wentland, Vice President of the Fuels Division, says, "In short, the demand for the product {propane} is very high and the supply is very low. This situation will continue for several weeks."

Wentland adds, "As a leading propane distribution company in Western New York, NOCO continues to meet all of our customer orders and is honoring all of our customer agreements, including those on fixed pricing."