READING, PA – UGI Penn Natural Gas (UGI) announced its purchased gas cost rates will decrease on December 1, 2017. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will drop by 2.7 percent.
This gas cost reduction means an average residential bill will decline from $93.67 per month to $91.17 per month.
“UGI is pleased to pass along this savings to customers as we move into the winter season,” Paul Szykman, UGI Chief Regulatory Officer, said. “Our customers continue to benefit from the plentiful supply of locally-produced, reasonably-priced natural gas.”
By law, utilities are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup.
Despite this decrease, UGI recognizes some customers may have difficulty paying their winter heating bill. All customers are encouraged to sign up for UGI’s free budget billing program, which spreads billing amounts out evenly over a 12-month period.
In addition, customers with a limited or fixed income should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs. In addition to company-sponsored programs, UGI can assist eligible customers in applying for federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants. Finally, any customer who is behind on their gas bills should contact the utility as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.
UGI encourages customers to use energy wisely and make efficiency improvements in their homes. Additional information on energy efficiency and customer assistance programs is available on UGI’s website at www.ugi.com.
UGI Penn Natural Gas serves 168,000 customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.