Posted on: January 10, 2018

Natural Gas Prices Impacted by National Weather Conditions

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Although we have enjoyed favorable winter natural gas prices for some time, wholesale natural gas prices have increased recently. Prices were driven up by heavy natural gas usage during cold conditions nationally and suppliers taking advantage of pricing opportunities.

Fortunately, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities has locked in a favorable price for a large portion of our winter natural gas supply. However, SCMU can’t always predict or lock in prices in advance for peak usage times.

For these reasons, customers can expect somewhat higher natural gas bills for the balance of this winter. Market prices and weather are beyond our control, but we at Sioux Center Municipal Utilities are not increasing the cost of delivery of gas to your home and/or business.

To lessen the impact of higher natural gas prices, try these conservation steps:

  • Keep your thermostat at the lowest possible comfort level.
  • Make sure your furnace is running efficiently, including changing filters.
  • Let the sunshine in. Keep shades on your windows open during the day to allow sunlight into your home.
  • Any home weatherization measures also help conserve natural gas usage.

If you expect to face difficulties as a result of the increased cost of heating this winter, we encourage you to contact Mid-Sioux Opportunities.

We also remind all customers of our Project Share Program, in which customers are encouraged to donate to help pay for energy assistance through Mid-Sioux.

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