The National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuels) has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission its annual gas supply fee adjustment to take effect August 1, 2022. This adjustment increases the monthly bill for the typical residential customer with an annual usage of 102,800 cubic meters. per foot of gas increased by $22.98, from $87.13 to $110.11.
The price adjustment is mainly due to higher market prices for natural gas, which has increased the cost of natural gas supplies that Wataniya Fuel purchases for customers. Gas supply costs are transferred to the customers without increase or profit to the National Fuel Company. Utility companies in Pennsylvania are allowed to update their gas supply charges on a quarterly basis to reflect changes in the market price of natural gas. The next opportunity to adjust gas supply charges will be on November 1, 2022.
Market prices for natural gas have risen significantly due to many local and global factors that have affected both supply and demand for the commodity. While gas prices are trending higher compared to recent years, National Fuel’s purchasing strategy and use of storage gas help limit volatility or price hikes and ensure availability of supplies for the upcoming winter heating season.
The national gas commodity tariffs at the comparison price will also rise to $0.90,380 per 100 cubic feet. This reference point, detailed in the national fuel bill under Gas Supply Charges, is important for customers shopping for an alternative gas supplier.
We encourage National Fuel customers who are having trouble paying their bills to call 1-800-365-3234 to discuss payment assistance programs, including:
- Budget plan, which allows for projected monthly gas bills and stable heating payments for the year.
- LIRA (Low-Income Housing Assistance Program), which offers discounted monthly bills and debt relief.
- A deferred payment agreement through which customers can negotiate a payment plan in the event of a problem or special circumstance.
- LIURP (Low Income Use Reduction Program), which provides weathering assistance to customers who meet income and consumption requirements.
- CARES (Customer Assistance Referral Evaluation Services), which offers payment arrangements and referral assistance for clients in difficulty.
- Neighbors For Neighbor Heat Fund, which helps customers who have difficulty paying bills and who meet one of the following criteria: at least 55 years old, a veteran, disabled, have an approved medical condition, or receive unemployment benefits.
The Pennsylvania Homeowners Assistance Fund (PAHAF) is open. PAHAF supports homeowners in Pennsylvania who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and whose household income is 150% or less than the area’s median income. The General Mortgage Authority funds help prevent mortgage related problems and utility outages. Homeowners must visit www.pahaf.org To learn more.
As customers prepare for the winter heating season, National Fuel recommends the following tips for energy efficiency and savings:
- Use weather caulk or peel to reduce air leakage and reduce up to 10% of your monthly energy bill. Leakage leaks around floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, heater, plumbing, doors, windows, fans, vents, and electrical outlets.
- Set the thermostat between 65 degrees and 70 degrees during the winter, and 58 degrees when you’re away from home for more than a few hours. Resetting the thermostat from 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours in a row, you can save about 5%-15% per year on your heating bill – savings of up to 1% per degree. Or install a programmable thermostat.
- Change or clean your oven air filters once a month during the heating season. Furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily.
- Warm air rises, so use loggers to direct the flow of warm air across the floor.
- Close vents and doors in unused rooms. Turn off dampers on unused stoves.
- Set the water heater to 120 degrees or a medium temperature setting. Drain a quart of water from the bottom of the water heater tank every three months to remove sediment that can hamper the efficiency of your unit.