PITTSBORO — The Town of Pittsboro is asking residents to lower their thermostats due to the rising cost of natural gas.
Residents are asked to lower their thermostats until 9 a.m. Thursday to below 70 degrees to help conserve the amount of natural gas being used.
Natural gas prices rose from $3 per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas on Friday, to $600 per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas on Saturday, Town Manager Jason Love said in a press release.
The request from the town comes after the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline issued an extreme weather warning on Friday. The cold temperatures across the nation are causing temperatures to be low enough to cause wells to shut down because of liquid freezing inside the pipelines.
The Panhandle Eastern Pipeline runs from Texas to Michigan.
Love said prices are expected to remain high through Thursday.