Empire Gas customers will experience a tariff increase starting December 1st. Empire Gas said the change is intended to reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment Factor (ACA).
The Missouri Public Service Commission approved an application submitted by Empire to extend the ACA recovery time from 12 months to three years in the local service area, spreading the cost over a longer period starting with the cold weather event in February 2021. Empire stated that reimbursing costs in the usual manner would place an undue burden on its customers.
The rate increase means the current rate per cubic foot will double. Residential customers are currently paying about $ 0.36 per ccf (per 100 cubic feet) of natural gas. As part of this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $ 0.72 per Ccf.
The northern system includes the cities of Chillicothe, Marceline and Trenton.
What You Can Do To Manage Your Electric Bill:
- Add loft insulation if necessary.
- Place weather strips around doors, use plastic wrap, and seal the windows to prevent heat from escaping your home.
- Change or replace the oven filters every month if they are dirty.
- Have your chimney checked for clogging.
- Close the chimney flaps when the fireplace is not in use.
- Have your heating system checked and adjusted if necessary.
- Place an approved insulated protective sheath around the water heater.
- Consider seeking professional help on projects beyond your ability.
- Contact your local energy company for tips and programs on how to save energy.