Gas bills going up in Richmond

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

Winter may be months away but, folks are already worried about their natural gas bills. That's because tens of thousands in Metro Richmond are about to see a major increase. Richmond Public Utilities is raising its rates.

Richmond Public Utilities is going to up bills by 17 percent, which means the average homeowner will pay at least $20 more a month. 

You may think twice about turning up the heat this winter. Natural gas bills are on the rise.

"The global trend of energy prices are rising and we're just forced to ask for that increase," says Chris Beschler, Richmond director of Public Utilities.
 
Gas rates will jump from $10.75 to $14.50 per 1,000 cubic feet. That means your August gas bill will most likely be up about 20 bucks.

Natural gas is also used for cooking and hot water in some homes. The rate increase will effect 110,000 customers in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

The director of Public Utilities says it wasn't easy to pass on the rising cost of natural gas to customers. Beschler says, "Prices are rising and it's very difficult for us to have to ask our customers to reach into their pockets and pay more money for natural gas."

Even before this rate hike goes into effect, there's already talk that a second increase may be needed this winter.

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