Ameren UE forsees Lower Costs for Columbia Residents
Energy analysts predict natural gas prices around the country could shoot up 70% this winter. Yet, ameren-ue customers aren't paying the high market price for gas because the company already bought and stored most of the supply needed for the winter.
"That's going to really minimize the impact that the high spot market prices for natural gas have and help insulate our customers from the increases that some people are seeing in other parts of the country," said Mike Cleary of ameren-ue.
In mid-missouri, the average gas customer is already paying 9% more than last year for gas going into winter-about $10 a month. Ameren-ue predicts those prices will go up again before winter is over. Energy experts say the best way to lower your gas bill is to make your home more energy efficient. It can be as easy as replacing your dirty furnace filter with a clean one.
"We still find a lot of those old furnaces out there that are very inefficient and it's really a good time to start thinking about changing out these furnaces," said David Mars of Columbia Water and Light.
"You can save 3% on your heating bills for every degree you turn your thermostat down," said Mars.
Columbia water and light customers can call 874-7325 to get an energy audit of their homes.