Higher heating bills expected

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The average heating bill for area Vectren customers increased about $35 between last January and now, the energy provider reports.

Average January temperatures were 15 percent colder than normal, and about 25 percent colder than this time last year, according to information supplied by Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.

In January of last year, the average customer paid a total of about $85 for natural gas service, which reflected slightly lower gas prices and weather that was about 10 percent warmer than normal. According to Vectren, that same customer owes about $120 this month.

“Given January has been both colder than normal and colder than last year, customers will likely experience increases when opening February bills,” said Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.

Customers are reminded that bills vary by customer depending on the size and age of the home, number of gas appliances, number in the household, thermostat settings and levels of insulation.

Like most energy providers, Vectren has in place a number of tools to help customers manage their energy bills, including energy assistance and tips, appliance rebates and payment options. Call (800) 227-1376 for details.