Columbia Gas of Virginia Adjusts Monthly Bills

For Release:
May 30, 2013

Contact: Bob Innes
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CHESTER, VA. – May 30, 2013 – Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will see their monthly bills increase slightly in June compared to the current amount. The typical total monthly customer bill will be a seasonal monthly amount of $41.76 compared to the current level of $39.57. This comparison is based on a 23 Ccf seasonal monthly summer usage level. A Ccf is the measurement used for natural gas usage and is the equivalent of 100 cubic feet.

“Our customers and the Virginia economy continue to benefit from advanced technologies which are providing America an abundance of domestically-produced low cost clean and reliable natural gas energy,” said Carl Levander, Columbia’s president. “Even with minor price fluctuations in natural gas markets recently, we continue to see ongoing, long-term supply and price stability that have the ability to provide economically priced energy for all consumers.”

Levander also encouraged customers to be proactive in taking advantages of opportunities to more effectively manage their energy use.

“We encourage our customers to participate in our WarmWise, energy efficiency program, and to take advantage of the Budget Payment Plan enrollment reflected on their current bills, “Levander said. “These services provide additional ways to save money and stabilize monthly bills.”

By enrolling in the Budget Payment Plan customers can spread evenly the annual customer energy costs, while WarmWise offers free products which can save on both natural gas and water consumption. In addition, customers are encouraged to use Columbia’s Direct e-bill, a paperless billing service which saves energy and the natural resources required to produce paper bills. Details on all Columbia programs can be found at ColumbiaGasVa.com.

It is important to note that Columbia's gas costs are typically adjusted on a quarterly basis to reflect the price the company pays for natural gas, which by law is passed on dollar for dollar to customers without markup or profit.