Columbia Gas of Virginia bills to be lower on average this winter

Monday, December 04, 2017

Contact: Kristine Johnson, Manager – Communications & Community Relations
(804) 768-6418
kmjohnson@nisource.com

Chester, VA – December 4, 2017 - Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will continue to benefit from lower natural gas commodity prices, as average residential customers will see their winter 2017-18 gas bills decrease by about 3 percent (or $4.56) when compared to the same period last winter.

The estimated average Columbia Gas residential winter bill of $148 per month is based on a seasonal monthly usage level of 12.07 dekatherms (Dth) for December 2017 and January and February 2018. A Dth is the heating component measurement for natural gas usage and equal to about 1,000 cubic feet (Mcf).

“Natural gas represents the best value and reliable energy option for home heating, and it is a key component for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications,” said Brent Archer, Columbia Gas of Virginia’s President. “We are bullish about the projections for robust domestic supply and price stability, which is good news for all of our customers.” 

In advance of the winter heating season, Columbia also encourages its customers to perform maintenance on their home appliances and take advantage of rebates available through the WarmWise conservation and energy efficiency program. 

Columbia customers can take the following steps to help manage their energy costs: 

  • Complete a home savings evaluation through the WarmWise program and receive up to two free Energy Efficiency Kits*
  • Enroll in Columbia’s free Budget Payment Plan
  • Install caulking or weather-stripping around windows or doors
  • Keep registers and air return ducts clear of furniture, carpet, and drapes and vacuum them regularly
  • Utilize the cashback rebates offered through the WarmWise program on a number of energy efficient measures, such as:
    • Insulation for the attic or crawl spaces
    • High-efficiency gas furnace
    • High-efficiency windows, doors and skylights

For more information on steps to manage energy costs, customers can visit the Columbia Gas website or call Columbia at 1-800-543-8911.

*WarmWise program is available to Columbia Gas of Virginia Customers only. Customers who have both natural gas water heating and primary gas heating will receive Kit #1 but may return to update their home profile in order to receive Kit #2. Qualifying customers can receive only one of each type of energy efficiency kit.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia

Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to more than 264,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Lynchburg region and Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource, Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE.