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Gov’t: Most heating bills to rise this winter

October 8, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Wednesday, March 6, 2013, file photo, delivery truck driver Donald Whitacre, of Gore, Va., returns to his truck after pumping 200-gallons of home heating oil into a customer’s tank during heavy snowfall in Winchester, Va. Chillier weather and slightly higher fuel prices may make the winter of 2013-14, the most expensive one in three years for U.S. residents. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor, File)

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses.

Natural gas users will see the biggest percentage increase after two years of historically low prices. Their heating bills should rise to an average of $679, the Energy Department said in its outlook for heating costs for the season running from October through Login to read more

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