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It’s not just the price of gas for your car that is rising. This winter, we can expect to pay more for utilities in our homes because of the global natural gas shortage.Heating and cooling companies, especially, face a chilling reality as we head into winter.”It makes it very challenging right now,” said Fred Piccolo, president of Paradise Heating and Cooling.Piccolo has been in the business for 40 years. He said he has never seen a supply chain as strained as it is this year. Parts for furnaces and air conditioners are increasingly difficult to come by.”We have some of them that have been waiting for them for a year now, for certain furnaces, certain air conditioners,” Piccolo said. “It’s definitely going to get worse.”That’s costly — for him and you, the consumer. It’s also dangerous in extreme weather.”When it’s real cold they have to have heat and when it’s real hot they have to have cooling. So what do you do if you can’t supply that?” Piccolo said.If you do have a furnace, you can expect to see an increase in your utility bills because of the global shortage of natural gas.“We don’t really know what that is at this point because the prices have been fluctuating so much, it’s hard to say even what it’s going to be next month,” said Stephanie Mueller, vice president of corporate communications with the Metropolitan Utilities District. Natural gas keeps us all on the grid.”It’s used in heating homes, heating businesses, heating water,” Mueller said.Mueller said you can offset costs by conserving energy and water. That will help make sure there’s enough natural gas for the coldest days.”For every degree that you lower that thermostat, you’re decreasing your cost for energy,” Mueller said.Mueller and Piccolo also encourage residents to keep their filters clean and check their equipment regularly. That way, you know far in advance if you need to order new products. If you need help paying your bills, contact the Metropolitan Utilities District.

It’s not just the price of gas for your car that is rising. This winter, we can expect to pay more for utilities in our homes because of the global natural gas shortage.

Heating and cooling companies, especially, face a chilling reality as we head into winter.

“It makes it very challenging right now,” said Fred Piccolo, president of Paradise Heating and Cooling.

Piccolo has been in the business for 40 years. He said he has never seen a supply chain as strained as it is this year. Parts for furnaces and air conditioners are increasingly difficult to come by.

“We have some of them that have been waiting for them for a year now, for certain furnaces, certain air conditioners,” Piccolo said. “It’s definitely going to get worse.”

That’s costly — for him and you, the consumer. It’s also dangerous in extreme weather.

“When it’s real cold they have to have heat and when it’s real hot they have to have cooling. So what do you do if you can’t supply that?” Piccolo said.

If you do have a furnace, you can expect to see an increase in your utility bills because of the global shortage of natural gas.

“We don’t really know what that is at this point because the prices have been fluctuating so much, it’s hard to say even what it’s going to be next month,” said Stephanie Mueller, vice president of corporate communications with the Metropolitan Utilities District.

Natural gas keeps us all on the grid.

“It’s used in heating homes, heating businesses, heating water,” Mueller said.

Mueller said you can offset costs by conserving energy and water. That will help make sure there’s enough natural gas for the coldest days.

“For every degree that you lower that thermostat, you’re decreasing your cost for energy,” Mueller said.

Mueller and Piccolo also encourage residents to keep their filters clean and check their equipment regularly. That way, you know far in advance if you need to order new products.

If you need help paying your bills, contact…



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