It will cost you more to heat your home this winter in Alabama. Thousands of residents will see their gas bills go up by as much as 40 dollars a month because several utility boards are raising their rates for natural gas.
Alabama Gas Corporation spokesman Andre Taylor said customers will likely see rates increase 20 to 30 percent next month and the Huntsville Utilities Natural Gas Board has adopted a 45 percent increase that would drive up the typical residential bill by 46 dollars a month.
North Alabama Gas District customers in Madison, Madison County and Limestone County will see a similar hike.
The average residential customer who uses 10-thousand-250 cubic feet of natural gas will see their natural gas bill go from 102 to 148-dollars.
The companies say several factors contributed to the rate hikes, including hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and a particularly hot summer.