Expect To Pay More For Heat This Winter in Nebraska

Oct. 26, 2021, 4:44 p.m. ·

Snow plow pushes snow to a corner
Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Director Liz Elliot said now is the perfect time for people to winterize their homes to avoid frozen pipes and other cold weather problems. (Screenshot LNKTV City)

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Some parts of Nebraska are already seeing snow, but gas prices are increasing too. The state Department of Environment and Energy said residents should be prepared to pay more for heat this winter.

Winter heating bills are expected to rise by 30%-50%, possibly even more this season, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Sarah Starostka with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy said natural gas prices have tripled, propane is 80% higher, and heating oil is 75% higher compared to last year.

"As it gets colder, people are going to be heating their homes or businesses more," she said. "That could cause the prices to go higher."

Don’t let your propane tanks run out, the department said. It’s better to keep them full while prices are lower.

"Regardless of the prices or the season, winter or summer, we recommend that weatherizing your home can help save energy and money," Starostka said.

Lower income families can visit the department’s website for home weatherization assistance.