City Lowers Natural Gas Prices

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Many people are starting to turn up their thermostats as we begin adjusting to the colder nights.

It's going to cost a little more to keep your home heated this winter, except in one Perry County community.

It's going to cost Kentuckians about 12 dollars more per month to heat their homes with natural gas this year than last year.

Kentucky Public Service Commission officials say that's because while the supply of natural gas stays constant.

Recently officials in the City of Hazard spent more than 2-million dollars on a contract with their supplier to lower the gas rate to city customers by 40 percent.

“Course we're going to have to pay the 2.3 million dollars back, but the rate that we have set takes care of the cost of gas to our customers for the next 10 years,” Mayor Gorman said.

Meaning the rate should stay fixed during that time. The mayor of Hazard says it's a worthy investment.

“We're trying to maintain a certain quality of life for them where they don't have to spend their fortune to keep warm in winter time,” Mayor Gorman said.

Throughout the state there is help for low-income consumers to pay their heating bills.

To minimize the increase in your heating bills this winter, turn down your thermostat and water heater, and seal cracks around any places where cold air can come inside.

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  • by Carol Location: KY on Oct 31, 2007 at 07:06 PM
    Hats off to this mayor for true service to his constituents!! I can't imagine how low or low-middle income people manage to stay warm...It's hard enough for the upper-middle and upper class to keep the heating bills paid, as everything goes up and up...Thanks to Mayor Gorman for thinking of this, and I hope it's duplicated in communities all across KY.


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