March 1, 2013 – Natural gas prices will decrease about 6.3% for Columbia Gas of Virginia customers in March when compared to the current levels. The typical residential customer consuming 100 Ccf of natural gas per month can expect a total monthly bill of $114.73 compared to $122.56 in February.
Columbia’s quarterly purchased gas cost adjustment approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission reflects the effects of the projected cost of natural gas for March, April and May. By law, utilities like Columbia are required to pass through the costs they pay for natural gas to the consumer on a dollar for dollar basis without markup.
“The current natural gas costs reflect continued strength and consistency in domestic natural gas production, which provides a variety of benefits for industries, businesses and individual consumers,” said Carl Levander, Columbia’s president. “This decrease means that a consumer can stay warm, heat their water and cook family meals for less than $4 a day."
Columbia customers can also take the following steps to manage their energy costs:
- Take advantage of cash rebates through WarmWise, Columbia’s energy efficiency and conservation program.
- Enroll in the free Budget Payment Plan
- Perform furnace maintenance
- Install caulking or weather-stripping around windows or doors
- Keep all registers and air return ducts clear of furniture, carpet, drapes and vacuum them occasionally
- Add insulation to the attic or crawl spaces
- Install a programmable thermostat
For more information on steps to manage energy costs, customers can call Columbia at 1-800-543-8911 or log on to ColumbiaGasVa.com.
Additional energy savings tips can be found at the following web sites:
• WarmWise – www.warmwiseva.com
• U.S. Department of Energy – www.hes.lbl.gov or www.eere.energy.gov
• American Gas Association – www.aga.org