Mild Winter Lowers Natural Gas Bills

1 decade 4 years 5 months ago Wednesday, March 01 2006 Mar 1, 2006 Wednesday, March 01, 2006 9:14:04 PM CST March 01, 2006 in News

Karen Laughter is among 900,000 customers in Missouri and Illinois who heat their homes with Ameren UE natural gas.

"It's pretty amazing to not actually have a problem with a company after doing business with them for 20 years," she said.

And, Laughter and those other customers will soon get a price break.

"Costs have gone down slightly, and we've still got some winter ahead," explained Ameren spokesman Mike Cleary. "So, we figure this is a good time to pass this along to our customers so they can get some benefit out of it."

Columbia customers will enjoy a 3% decline in their bills. Average customers in Rolla can expect a 1% drop, while Cape Girardeau residents will see a 9% decrease.

Ameren UE said this mild winter is the main cause for lower prices.

"The demand just has not been what it would normally be at this time of the year," said Cleary.

Laughter said any savings are "very surprising. I mean, it's wonderful."

But, Ameren said the drop in rates could end with the next wave of cold weather.

For now, Laughter said a lower gas bill will make everyone happy in her house.

"Well, my husband would like me to cut down on any kind of bill," she added with a laugh.

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