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  • Natural gas costs rising

  • Lake area natural gas customers will be seeing slightly higher bills this winter.
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    • No Cost Energy Savings Tips
      Insulation and Sealing Air Leaks
      • Keep storm windows and doors in place to help prevent heat loss.
      • When not in use, make sure the fireplace damper is tight...
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      No Cost Energy Savings Tips
      Insulation and Sealing Air Leaks

      • Keep storm windows and doors in place to help prevent heat loss.

      • When not in use, make sure the fireplace damper is tightly closed.

      Heating and Ventilation

      • Consider setting the thermostat as low as comfortable in the winter. (Important: Seniors and people with special medical needs should check with their doctors before changing their normal home temperatures or considering turning off heating units.)

      • Don’t constantly move the thermostat up or down throughout the day because it will waste money and energy.

      • Turn the thermostat down when not at home.

      • Check air ducts. Check air ducts to be sure they are still connected.

      • Make sure vents are not blocked by furniture or drapes. Clean warm air-registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed.

      • Close off rooms that are not in use to save on heating bills.

      • Use ceiling fans to assist in heating. Blades should rotate clockwise when viewed from below.

      • Remove trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season.  If in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.

      Water Heating

      • Turn down the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees.

      • Use cold water to wash clothes.

      • Wash full loads of laundry for maximum efficiency. If less than full set the water level in the washing machine to suit the size of the load, you’ll save energy and water.

      Windows

      • Let sunlight into your home during the winter and keep it out in the summer.

      Lighting

      • Turn off lights not being used.

      Appliances and Electronics

      • For gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed.  Consult your manufacturer or your local utility.

      • Clean the lint trap before drying each load of clothes to improve dryer efficiency.

      • Keep refrigerator base clean, take guard off and clean dirt and debris from underneath refrigerator.

      • Clear area in freezer around freezer fan.

      • Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s drying cycle.

      • Turn off computers, monitors, printers and televisions during periods of non-use. These devices use energy even when in stand-by mode.

      Personal

      • Monitor your meter weekly to monitor consumption and plan for billing amount.

      • Wear extra layers of clothing or blankets in the winter.

      • Wear warm socks. Warm feet widen blood vessels, which better enables your body to transfer heat.
  • Lake area natural gas customers will be seeing slightly higher bills this winter.
    Effective Nov. 1, customers in the Lake of the Ozarks service area of Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. will see a rate increase due to changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas.
    An increase in the wholesale cost for natural gas — the company's purchased gas adjustment rate — is behind the rate increase.
    Residential customers in the Southern and Lake of the Ozarks Systems — which includes parts of Morgan and Camden counties — currently pay approximately $0.42 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet ) of natural gas as part of the overall bill. The commodity price of the fuel is going up to $0.55 per Ccf.
    The typical household uses about 600 Ccf.
    The wholesale cost of natural gas is around 55-60 percent of a customer's bill, according to the PSC. This part of the billing is not regulated by the PSC, but the wholesale cost must be paid by the consumer without profit by the local natural gas company. The wellhead cost of natural gas is unregulated and is primarily driven by supply, demand and the weather.
    The PSC does conduct an annual regulatory review to ensure that regulated natural gas companies make prudent decisions in securing natural gas supplies for their customers.
    In Summit's northern system, the wholesale cost is rising from $0.40 per Ccf to $0.44.
    In comparison, another natural gas utility in Missouri, Laclede Gas Company-Missouri Gas Energy, currently has a commodity rate of $0.57 per Ccf. That dropped by one cent to $0.56 on Nov. 1.
    Effective Nov. 1, 2013, Summit Natural Gas Customers will see a change in their gas rate. Due to estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, customers at the Lake of the Ozarks will see the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) rate on their bill increase from $0.42 per Ccf to $0.55 per Ccf.
    The Purchased Gas Adjustment rate is approximately 55%-60% of the total cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers. This rate is driven by supply, demand and weather and is not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
    This increase was not anticipated by Summit Natural Gas and a profit will not be collected from the PGA rate, according to Annica Russo, Public Relations Specialist for Summit Natural Gas.
    Currently, Summit Natural Gas serves over 3,600 customers in the lake area.

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