Experts predict expensive winter utility bills - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Experts predict expensive winter utility bills

If you think gasoline prices are high, you might be in for a shock when you see your heating bill this winter.

When Gulf Coast oil facilities shut down for the hurricanes, it didn't just affect gasoline. The Entergy Information Administration predicts a 30% jump for home heating oil, and early 50% for natural gas. A colder winter could make things worse.

In many parts of the nation, the government's best forecasters aren't sure how bad this winter's weather will get. Many predict it will be warmer in the central and western United States than normal.

Experts are advising Americans to prepare now for higher prices. They say simple things like caulking and replacing weatherstripping can do much to keep cold air out.

For more advice, visit Entergy and MLGW's corporate websites via the links on the left side of this page.

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