Cost of winter natural gas bills falls for OhioansWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter gas bills for Ohio residents were the lowest in the past 10 years, according to a news release.
The state’s winter natural gas costs are the 7th lowest in the nation with a state average of $.749 per hundred cubic feet.
Ohio’s natural gas costs are lower than neighboring states Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average monthly Ohio residential rate is 18.9 percent lower than the national average, according to a news release from Columbia Gas of Ohio.
From November 2011 to March 2012, the average projected Columbia customer spent $440.30 on gas compared to $422.42 for November 2012 to March 2013. Columbia attributed this to the increased supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits and energy conservation programs.
“Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic swing in the availability and cost of natural gas. This has been a tremendous financial advantage for our customers, and many indicators point toward continued ample supply and moderate prices,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge in the news release.