Middle Class Squeeze: Home Heating Costs

Posted by Eric Cantor on

America Isn’t Working if working middle class families have less money in their pockets because Administration policies are causing home heating costs to rise.

An America That Works has home heating costs going down, not up. Working middle class families benefit from conservative energy policies that lowers costs and puts more money in their pockets.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its report on home heating costs this winter in various parts of the country. It will come as no surprise to American families, but costs are up -- and in some instances way up -- compared to last winter. 

While the colder winter meant more consumption, prices were also up per unit for natural gas, electricity, and propane. As the EIA noted in their report, the colder temperatures are "straining distribution networks and putting upward pressure on consumption and prices of fuels used for space heating."

While Congress can't change the weather, it can take steps to increase the supply of heating fuels, improve distribution networks, and lower prices. During the week of March 3rd, the House of Representatives passed a series of measures to do just that.

One of the bills, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act, was just passed by the Senate and is on its way to President Obama for his signature. It is time for the Senate to consider the other House-passed bills. If they do, perhaps next winter won't be so hard on the pocketbooks of working middle class families.

Click here to learn more about all the House-passed bills and how they can help lower home heating bills: House-passed Home Heating Bills


Stats for the Northeast United States (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)

  • The 11.5 million families in the Northeast U.S. who use natural gas to heat their home will pay an average of 10.1% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $974.
  • The 3.1 million families in the Northeast U.S. who use electricity to heat their home will pay an average of 7.6% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $1,119.
  • The 795,000 families in the Northeast U.S. who use propane to heat their home will pay an average of 24.3% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,412.
  • The 5.4 million families in the Northeast U.S. who use heating oil to heat their home will pay an average of 7.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,243.

Stats for the Midwestern United States (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

  • The 18.1 million families in the Midwest U.S. who use natural gas to heat their home will pay an average of 11.5% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $727.
  • The 5.5 million families in the Midwest U.S. who use electricity to heat their home will pay an average of 5.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $1,004.
  • The 2 million families in the Midwest U.S. who use propane to heat their home will pay an average of 65.9% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,212.
  • The 349,000 families in the Midwest U.S. who use heating oil to heat their home will pay an average of 7.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,243.

Stats for the Southern United States (AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, TN, TX, SC, VA, WV)

  • The 13.7 million families in the Southern U.S. who use natural gas to heat their home will pay an average of 14.7% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $573.
  • The 28.8 million families in the Southern U.S. who use electricity to heat their home will pay an average of 5.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $896.
  • The 700,000 families in the Southern U.S. who use heating oil to heat their home will pay an average of 7.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,243.

Stats for the Western United States (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)

  • The 15.3 million families in the Western U.S. who use natural gas to heat their home will pay an average of 3.4% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $442.
  • The 9 million families in the Western U.S. who use electricity to heat their home will pay an average of 2.8% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $859.
  • The 247,000 families in the Western U.S. who use heating oil to heat their home will pay an average of 7.2% more this winter with an average home heating bill of $2,243.

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