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U.S. home heating bills seen much higher this winter, EIA says

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – U.S. customers will spend extra to warmth their houses this winter than final 12 months because of surging vitality costs, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected in its winter fuels outlook on Wednesday.

Energy costs have risen sharply worldwide, inflicting energy crunches in giant economies like China and India.

The United States has up to now not seen the identical impact, though costs of fuels from pure fuel to heating oil have risen to multiyear highs and can hit family funds because the climate turns colder.

“As we have moved beyond what we expect to be the deepest part of the pandemic-related economic downturn, growth in energy demand has generally outpaced growth in supply,” EIA Acting Administrator Steve Nalley stated within the launch.

“These dynamics are raising energy prices around the world.”

Nearly half of U.S. households depend on pure fuel for warmth, with the common value for these houses anticipated to rise by 30% to $746 for the October-to-March interval from the identical time a 12 months earlier, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy stated.

The common value for a home with pure fuel final winter was $573, far cheaper than different main sources of warmth.

Electricity is the first heating supply for about 40% of houses. It is costlier than pure fuel at an estimated $1,268 per family this coming winter – a 6% enhance from final winter.

The most dramatic will increase will likely be seen for households that depend on propane or heating oil, the EIA stated, as a result of modifications in these costs on the wholesale degree go by way of much extra shortly to customers.

Those prices are anticipated to rise by 54% and 43% respectively, the EIA stated, from final winter.

Less than 12 million American households relied on these fuels – about 9% of the roughly 129 million U.S. households, in line with the EIA. Homes that depend on heating oil are concentrated within the U.S. Northeast, and the largest customers of propane are within the higher Midwest and northern Plains states.

Last 12 months vitality costs plunged to multi-year lows because of coronavirus demand destruction, significantly pure fuel, the preferred U.S. heating gasoline, which hit a 25-year-low.

Depending the place folks live, the EIA stated residential prices will rise to about $11-$14 per thousand cubic ft (mcf) for pure fuel, about $2.50-$3.50 per gallon for propane, and $3.39 per gallon for heating oil.

That compares with final winter’s residential prices of round $8-12 per mcf for pure fuel, $1.50-$2.50 per gallon for propane, and $2.55 per gallon for heating oil.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Jonathan Oatis, Marguerita Choy and Jan Harvey

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