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Vectren: Extreme cold will push bills higher

Natural gas company Vectren is warning that record cold will likely push energy bills higher.

“Extreme temperatures the last half of December 2017 through the first half of January this year have led to gas usage in volumes which rival the highest ever seen,” the company said in a statement Thursday.

Gas delivered through Vectren’s 5,500-mile pipeline network to 316,000 customers in west-central Ohio from Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 15, 2018 is projected to be among the highest ever delivered, the company added.

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“It goes without saying the bitter cold weather has forced furnaces to work harder, and the spike in gas deliveries demonstrates just how cold it’s has been over the past few weeks,” Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, said in the company’s statement.

If you’re worried about costs, Vectren suggests calling at (800) 227-1376. Qualifying customers can set up a payment schedule whereby they can pay the bill in smaller increments over a set period of time, the company said.

This is a free service with no interest charges, Vectren said.

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Vectren said it can also offer guidance on income-qualified energy assistance. Energy efficiency tips and resources can be found at Vectren.com/saveenergy.

Vectren’s energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to more than 1 million customers in nearly two-thirds of Indiana and about 20 percent of Ohio, primarily in the west-central area.

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