BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — National Fuel announced Thursday winter heating bills for the 2019-20 winter heating season are forecast to be lower compared to the winter of 2018-19.
From November through March, National Fuel estimates customers will experience a decrease in their natural gas bills from last winter by about $17.66 a month or 14.7 percent.
National Fuel says residential heating customers should expect their five-month winter heating bills to total $511.25 if the weather is more typical to a western New York winter. The 2018-19 five-month total was $599.57 due to a colder than normal winter.
“Several factors come into play for the lower-cost winter heating season forecast, including a decrease in the actual cost of the natural gas or the commodity price,” said Karen L. Merkel, spokesperson for National Fuel. “Our location to domestically-produced shale gas along with proximity to pipeline capacity to transport the gas provides an unprecedented economic advantage over other utilities across New York state and the U.S.”
National Fuel offers several programs to help individuals with natural gas payments.
Some of the programs are budget plan billing, the federally-funded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund, a deferred payment agreement and special protections.