Gas Customers Could Pay 20 Percent More Because Of Extreme Cold

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The polar vortex that sent temperatures plummeting below-zero last month is now going to take a bite out of your wallet.

Residential Columbia Gas of Ohio customers will pay about 20 percent more for natural gas in February than they did in January, and about 50 percent more than they did last year at this time.

If the frigid, below normal temperatures continue this winter, customers may end up using more gas than than they typically would, sky rocketing their bill.

Columbia Gas customers are not the only ones to see an increase in bills, Dominion East Ohio Gas has filed a February rate which is higher than January's and 61 percent higher than a year ago.

The new price for Dominion East Ohio gas begins on February 14 and will run through mid-March. Customers with poorly insulated and overheated homes will face higher bills.