Public Utilities Commission, gas company offers tips to keep winter gas bills manageable


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Vee Pena has a similar history to many Kansans. The Hutchinson man was shocked when she saw Kansas Gas Service’s December bill. He shared his December 2020 and 2021 bills. The price of natural gas rose from $4.14 to $7.43 per thousand cubic feet.

“I never had a $200 bill. What is happening here? It hasn’t been that cold to run it, not for me,” Pena said.

Kansas Gas Service spokeswoman Dawn Tripp said the utility does not set gas prices.

“We don’t mark up the price of the gas we deliver to our customers, but we always do what we can to get the lowest possible price,” she said.

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has alerted people that gas prices are likely to be higher due to rising fuel costs and lower than average gas supplies.

“It’s deregulation, so the KCC doesn’t have the ability to change that. It’s really just a direct relay from the supplier to the utility and the customer,” explained KCC public affairs director Linda Berry.

When it comes to saving on your energy bill in the winter, the first tip is that on your thermostat the temperature should be set to where you can keep it warm, but not hot. Seal all leaks around doors and windows, then reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also a good idea to have your furnace serviced regularly, as well as changing or cleaning filters.

“We are certainly sensitive to our customers and anyone who is having difficulty paying their bills,” Tripp said. “We want them to contact us and let us know. Financial resources are available.

If you have a problem with your gas bill, call Kansas Gas Service first. The utility highlighted the availability of utility assistance programs for those struggling to pay their bills. You can find more information about the support available at the links below:

https://kcc.ks.gov/public-affairs-and-consumer-protection/utility-weatherization-related-assistance-programs

https://www.hud.gov/states/kansas/renting/energyprgms

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