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Heating Costs to Jump 25 Percent This Winter

By: Mary Rinzel
By: Mary Rinzel

If you've looked at your latest utility bill, you're painfully aware heating costs are going up.
The government predicts prices will eventually come down, but not for a couple of years.
Experts say heating costs will skyrocket 25 percent this winter.
Hurricane Katrina disrupted an already tight supply chain, and utility officials are complaining that Congress isn't doing enough to help the people who need it most.
"Many poor people have to choose between heating, eating, taking their medication and heating their homes," says Roger Cooper of the American Gas Association.
"That's why we're asking Congress to dramatically increase funding for the low-income home energy heating program, or Liheap."
Some utility companies offer programs to help out with the payments by making bills more uniform and spreading costs out throughout the year.


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