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Hot Days? Time to Take Control of Your Heating Bill

Thursday, August 04, 2016

On steamy summer days, think about cold winter nights. Now is the time to take control of your gas bill for the upcoming heating season with the Budget Payment Plan.

Joining the Budget Payment Plan offers many advantages: 

  • Easier budgeting – your bill remains the same each month. 
  • Convenience – the plan is free and spreads the costs of winter heating bills throughout the year. 
  • Planning – get a head start on winter heating bills by paying your budget amount throughout the year. 
  • Accurate billing – Columbia Gas reviews customer accounts throughout the year so we can adjust the budget amount as needed. 

Natural gas costs have remained low over the past several years and that is reflected in this year's Budget Payment Plan amount. The plan amount for a customer using an average amount of gas is set at $65.73 per month for the 2016-2017 heating season. As a comparison, the 2008-09 winter heating season set a record high for the Budget Payment Plan of $133.

To enroll in the Budget Payment Plan, you can:

  • Pay the Budget Payment Plan amount shown on your August bill, plus any non-utility charges for security deposits, optional services or fuel fund contributions, instead of the current amount due. 
  • Enroll online at ColumbiaGasOhio.com. Login to enroll at any time. 
  • Call 1-800-344-4077 – Select option 2 from the main menu and follow the appropriate prompts for information on the budget plan.

Each customer’s budget billing amount is different, and it may be higher or lower than the average. The amount is based on the historical gas usage patterns for your home, the projected cost of natural gas on the wholesale market and current rates for service and delivery. 

We review budget accounts in March to determine the impact of weather conditions and changes in the market price of natural gas. We may adjust your payment amounts, if necessary, to keep you on track with your actual account balance.

Columbia Gas of Ohio also offers programs to help you conserve energy and save money on your natural gas bill. Learn more about our energy efficiency programs.