Liberty Utilities to increase gas rates

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Is the envelope that houses your monthly gas bill becoming a bit heavy these days?

Certain customers may find their bills increasing when it comes to natural gas prices.

Liberty Utilities will increase its prices to reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas — much to the chagrin of its clientele base.

“We had many years of stability, and you didn’t see that clause change very much, but over the last year or two, we’ve really seen a spike in the price of gas,” said Kelli Price, communications senior manager at Liberty Utilities.

The cost of natural gas has increased primarily due to the war in Ukraine, causing the disruption of the flow of gas. Extreme weather has caused the demand for energy to increase as well.

“And so, when you have disrupted or low supply, and you have high demand, that’s going to cause prices to go up,” added Price.

Liberty Utilities serve approximately 52,500 natural gas customers in Missouri — including those who reside in Jackson, Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas.

In Liberty’s southeast district, natural gas rates will increase by approximately $0.30 per CCF (previously was $0.64 per Ccf – centum cubic foot).

“Consider lowering your thermostat,” Price said. “Even just lowering it a few degrees can really help lower the cost. Especially while you’re not home, you know lower that thermostat down while you’re out of the house and then keep it as low as you’re comfortable with when you are home.”

Changing the HVAC unit filter and finding areas where cold air could be getting in and covering them up are ways to keep those gas bills on the decline.

Check your windows and, if needed, purchase weatherstripping sheets to keep the heat circulating throughout all parts of your home.

Here is a list of what you can do to manage your usage:

  • Add attic insulation.
  • Place weather stripping around doors, windows; caulk windows.
  • Have chimney checked for blockage.
  • Close fireplace dampers when not in use.
  • Consult HVAC professional for tune-up.
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