Expect a jump in energy bills this month

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

Satterfield also recommends keeping the thermostat at about 68 degrees in the winter and at about 78 in the summer.

The filter, he said, should also be changed about every 30 days.

Propane users can also expect to see a rise in their bills due to nationally rising prices, according to information from the N.C. Attorney General.

“I’m concerned that North Carolinians who rely on propane for heat are struggling to keep their homes warm during an especially cold winter,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “While it’s understandable that cold temperatures have increased the demand for propane and reduced its supply, we’re monitoring this closely to see if anything is artificially inflating consumers’ heating costs.”

Residential propane prices have increased steadily since fall and spiked in January with prices averaging more than $4 per gallon nationwide, according to the Attorney General’s office. A year ago, the national average was $2.30 per gallon.

Amanda HIckey is a reporter with the Jacksonville Daily News.

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