Turning on the heat, cozying up by the fire, warming hot chocolate—these wintertime activities all share one trait: natural gas. This is because several appliances—including your furnace, fireplace, and stove top—are powered by this efficient fuel.
As the weather cools down, you typically burn more therms, or units of natural gas. Your natural gas bills during the winter will likely reflect the increase in your usage; indeed, the average natural gas bill in Georgia is highest during December and January.
But how is your natural gas bill calculated? Well, you’ll have three charges that remain the same (or nearly the same) year-round, including:
While these factors remain constant, you can influence your natural gas consumption charge (here’s how it appears on your bill). This charge, which varies month-to-month, is determined by multiplying the total therms you burned (remember, you tend to burn more in the winter) by your price per therm.
Your price per therm is based on your natural gas rate plan, which is made up of the following factors:
There’s no “wrong” decision when it comes to choosing your natural gas plan – it depends on your needs and lifestyle. For instance, if you like budgeting out your utilities each month, a fixed rate may be a better decision. We also offer budget billing to help make monthly costs even more predictable.
Do these choices have your head spinning? Don’t fret! While some elements are beyond your control, you can commit to being efficient with your energy – and saving on natural gas where possible. But, of course, still treat yourself to sipping on hot chocolate by a warm fireplace this winter.
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