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