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Posted: 9:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
As the area anticipates record-low temperatures, Eyewitness News is getting new information that Piedmont Natural Gas customers will have to pay more to heat their homes this winter. The company said the wholesale cost of natural gas is driving up prices for customers in North and South Carolina. PNG officials said the average household will pay between $5 and $7 more every month this winter than it did last year. The cost of natural gas has gone up because of the demand for more clean-burning energy sources, according to PNG. And it's not just homes heated on natural gas that will pay more. The U.S. Department of Energy released its annual cost forecast, which also predicted propane users can expect a 9 percent jump. Those who use only electricity will likely pay 2 percent more, but homes with heating oil may see a 2 percent drop.
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