EIA: US faces higher heating bill this winter

It could cost US consumers $190-240 more to heat their homes this winter than a year ago, the US Energy Information Administration predicts.That's assuming normal winter weather, EIA said in its short-term energy outlook for October. An unusually cold winter would push that cost estimate higher; conversely, another warm winter like last year's would trim that projection.EIA officials are estimating a normal level of heating degree-days this winter, about 11% more than last winter. As a result, they said, total electricity demand should increase by 2.8% overall, driven by increases of 4.6% in the residential and 3.9% in the commercial sectors.Higher costs seenEIA said the main reas...

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