Expect this heating season to be a little tougher on the pocketbook this year.
That’s because the government expects prices of natural gas, electricity and propane to be higher for 90 percent of U.S. households. Homes like those in the Kansas City area, which primarily are heated with natural gas, should expect gas bills to be about 13 percent higher this heating season than a year ago.
For a lot of people trying to cut back on expenses because of the government shutdown, sequestration or other job furloughs taking a bite out of their disposable income, the higher heating bills will mean lowering the thermostat even more than normal and putting on an extra layer of clothing to ride out the winter.
An alternative will be larger groups of people hanging out at area libraries, shopping malls, big-box stores, movie theaters and all-night grocery stores.