Historic Cold Increases Energy Bills. Learn What You Can Do.
This winter's sustained frigid temperatures caused Peoples Gas customers to use about 26 percent more natural gas than they did last winter. This dramatic increase in demand for natural gas has driven up prices in the natural gas market across the Midwest.
As a result, the per-therm price for natural gas (Gas Charge) for April is $1.19, compared with 93 cents in March. The Gas Charge includes the actual purchase cost, transportation and storage of natural gas and is passed through to customers with no markup.
According To The National Weather Service, The Winter Of 2013-2014:
- Ranks 3rd coldest in Chicago since record-keeping began in 1871;
- Recorded 22 days when the city's temperature dipped below 0 degrees, just 3 days short of the all-time record; and
- Logged an average temperature of just 18.8 degrees.
How Can I Compare What I Used This Year Versus Past Years?
Log into Your Account or create an account if you don't have one. Your Account contains information on your current and past usage, bill images and more.
What If I Can't Afford My Bill?
If you need extra time to catch up on your Peoples Gas bill, you may qualify for a Short-Term Payment Plan. We are extending payment terms until the end of April. We will allow a 10% down payment and extend monthly installments as long as 7 months. Typically, we would require a 25% down payment with 4 to 6 months on the balance. Additionally, we will be allowing customers that have previously defaulted on a payment plan another opportunity to establish a plan. Both aspects of this special offer will be extended through April. To learn more, visit Your Account or call us at 866-556-6001.
You may also qualify for energy assistance. There are two types of assistance available: the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Share the Warmth Program. Contact CEDA at 800-571-2332 to learn if you qualify.
How Can I Avoid Spikes In My Bills?
Enroll in Budget Billing, which evens out your energy bills so they're manageable all year.
What Can I Do To Reduce My Use?
It's never too late to take action to reduce your use, which can help lower your bill.