Hot days. Time to think about cold days


By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



On these steamy, hot, summer days, heating bills are probably not part of your top of mind awareness, but maybe they should be. Columbia Gas of Ohio says this is the perfect time to think about the winter, heating your house, and your monthly budget.

Natural gas costs have remained low over the past several years and that is reflected in Columbia Gas of Ohio’s Budget Payment Plan. The plan amount for a customer using an average amount of gas is set at $65.73 per month for the 2016-2017 heating season. As a comparison, the 2008-09 winter heating season set a record high for the Budget Payment Plan of $133.

Columbia Gas of Ohio is encouraging customers to take control of their natural gas bills by joining the Budget Payment Plan, which the company says offers many advantages, such as easier budgeting, convenience, planning and accurate billing. Columbia Gas reviews customer accounts throughout the year so they can adjust the budget amount as needed.

To enroll in the Budget Payment Plan, customers can pay the promoted amount shown on their August bill, plus any non-utility charges for security deposits, optional services or fuel fund contributions, pay the promoted amount shown on their August bill, plus any non-utility charges for security deposits, optional services or fuel fund contributions, instead of the current amount due.

People can enroll online at ColumbiaGasOhio.com or call 1-800-344-4077 – select option 1 from the main menu and follow the appropriate prompts for information on the budget plan.

Each customer’s budget billing amount is different, and it may be higher or lower than the average. The amount is based on the historical gas usage patterns for their home, the projected cost of natural gas on the wholesale market and current rates for service and delivery.

Customers should act now. Budget amounts are determined on a 12-month basis from August to August. Joining now ensures that customers’ budgets are set based on a 12-month period.

Columbia reviews budget accounts in March to determine the impact of weather conditions and changes in the market price of natural gas. The company may adjust budget customers’ payment amounts, if necessary, to keep them on track with actual account balances.

Columbia Gas of Ohio also offers programs to help customers conserve energy and save money on their natural gas bill. To learn more about our energy efficiency programs, visit ColumbiaGasOhio.com/ways-to-save.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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