The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected today that energy bills will be higher in the winter for New Yorkers.
Those whole use heating oil and natural gas will see an increase, and those who use electric heating will see a decrease.
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From the EIA:
EIA expects households heating primarily with heating oil to spend an average of about 12 percent more this winter than last winter. About 7 percent of U.S. households depend on heating oil for winter fuel. The Northeast accounts for 80 percent of U.S. heating oil consumption. The average Northeast household is projected to spend 13 percent more ($259) than last winter as a result of a 5-percent increase in consumption and regional prices 8 percent higher than last winter. EIA projects residential heating oil prices in the Northeast to average about $3.06 per gallon during the winter season, 22 cents per gallon more than last winter.
EIA expects households heating primarily with natural gas to spend an average of $27 (4 percent) more this winter. About 52 percent of all U.S. households depend on natural gas as their primary heating fuel. The 4-percent increase in natural gas expenditures reflects a 6-percent increase in prices and a 2-percent decrease in consumption.
Households heating primarily with electricity can expect to spend an average of $18 (2 percent) less this winter. Projected household electricity expenditures are 2 percent lower this winter because a 4-percent decline in consumption more than offsets a 2-percent increase in prices.