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Consumer advocate group says watch out for high heating bills this winter

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The consumer group Citizens Utility Board says consumers can expect higher heating bills this winter, compared to last year.

A consumer watchdog group wants Illinois residents to be ready for possible high heating bills this winter. An unexpected freeze in the south last year, and other factors are contributing to the spike. Jim Chilsen is with the Citizens Utility Board.

"There was increased demand as economies worldwide began to recover from the pandemic. There was increased liquid natural gas exports to other parts of the world such as Europe, there's been less gas exploration and well construction in recent years."

Chilsen says to help, you can fix drafts in your house, and keep your thermostat at 68 degrees when you are home and awake, and when you're sleeping, turn the thermostat down seven to 10 degrees.

Chilsen says CUB has launched an online help center with more tips and resources to help with high heating bills this winter. Visit: https://www.citizensutilityboard.org/welcome-cubs-help-center/

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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