READING, PA – UGI Utilities, Inc. – South District (formerly UGI Utilities – Gas Division) announced its purchased gas cost rates will decrease on December 1, 2018. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will drop by 10.6% percent.
This gas cost decrease means an average residential heating bill will drop from $67.78 per month to $60.59 per month.
“Natural gas continues to be an economical, reliable and economically responsible source of energy for our customers and our communities,” Paul Szykman, UGI Chief Regulatory Officer, said. “UGI is pleased to pass along these savings as the winter heating season begins.”
The decrease comes on top of a 2.8 percent decrease on June 1. Compared to a year ago, UGI customers will be paying approximately $11.02 less per month for their energy needs.
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 utility 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-UGIWARM 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 Utilities, Inc.- South District serves more than 392,000 customers in 16 eastern and southcentral counties in Pennsylvania. 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.