Chillier weather and slightly higher fuel prices may make this winter more expensive for U.S. residents. The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter.
Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of homes will incur higher heating expenses.
Homes using natural gas for heat will pay about $679. That is about 13 percent higher than a year ago but still 4 percent below the average for the previous five winters. Homes relying on electricity for heat, about 38 percent of the U.S., will likely pay about 2 percent more for heat this winter than last.