More Consumers Expected to Get Break on Winter Heating Bills

OCTOBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 11:48 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department says heating bills should be a bit lower for most Americans this winter.

The big break will come for those reliant on natural gas for heat.

The government says families using natural gas should expect to pay an average of $119 less during the coming winter compared to last year.  That's a drop of 13 percent.

For those using fuel oil, the average will rise $91, an increase of six percent.

Propane users should expect to pay $15 less, a decline of one percent.

Natural gas is the most widely used source of fuel for residential heating in the nation, especially in the Midwest.  Fuel oil is used heavily in the Northeast.

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