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CenterPoint Energy, Citizens Energy predict lower heating bills this winter

Turning up the heat
Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-11 16:09:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Two separate utility companies say they expect most people to have lower heating bills this winter compared to last, assuming average temperatures are normal.

CenterPoint Energy estimates there will be a 15% decrease in their customers natural gas bills this year.

The utility company says customers can expect to pay $100 a month on average, instead of last year’s $125 a month average.

Citizens Energy Group says their natural gas heating bills will be about $17 lower per month compared to last year. Officials say the average bill will be about $462, compared to $546 last winter.

Both companies say this is for the period between Nov. and March.

Citizens Energy Group says the best way to reduce the cost of utility bills is by conserving energy. They recommend doing the following:

  • Change or clean your furnace filter once a month during the winter
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees
  • Reduce air leaks by sealing around doors, windows and other openings such as pipes or ducts
  • Replace old, outdated appliances with high-efficiency natural gas models