Columbia Gas has announced that most Ohio customers on its Budget Payment Plan will see a 30 percent increase in costs, due to higher natural gas prices and a much colder than normal winter.
The increase, from an average of $67 per month to $87 per month, is part of the company’s annual winter review of its budget accounts.
Columbia Gas adjusts budget customers’ payment amounts, if necessary, to keep them on track with actual account balances. Each customer’s budget billing amount is different, and may be higher or lower than the average.
Columbia Gas’ Budget Payment Plan spreads natural gas costs evenly over a 12-month period. The amount is based on historical gas usage patterns for the home, the projected cost of natural gas on the wholesale market, and current rates for service and delivery.