Heating Bills to Tick Higher This Winter

By now, much of the U.S. has experienced at least a taste of autumn and some regions have turned downright chilly. With winter fast approaching, now seems like a good time to zero in on energy prices and heating costs. What should consumers expect and budget for this heating season?

Heating Costs in Check, for Now

As summer was winding down, we took a stab at guessing where prices for heating oil, propane and natural gas would be once cool weather arrived. Back in August, we figured that most heating oil users would see prices a “bit less” in the autumn of 2016 than they paid the year before, while residential propane costs ought to be fairly close to their level of autumn 2015. With the Department of Energy’s number crunchers currently reporting average prices for those fuels every week, we can check up on our earlier predictions.

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