Historic Cold Increases Energy Bills. Learn What You Can Do.
This winter's sustained frigid temperatures caused Minnesota Energy Resources customers to use about 25% more natural gas than they did last winter. This dramatic increase in demand for natural gas has driven up prices in the natural gas market across the nation.
Here is a year-to-year price comparison of residential gas cost only for January and Febuary:
Continued cold temperatures forced us to draw more gas out of storage this year compared to prior years. As a result, gas prices will remain higher as companies buy gas to refill storage.
According To The National Weather Service, The Winter Of 2013-2014:
- Ranks 6th coldest in Minnesota since record-keeping began in 1871;
- Recorded 53 days (in the Twin Cities) when temperatures dipped below 0 degrees; and
- Logged an average temperature of just 9.7 degrees.
How Can I Compare What I Used This Year Versus Past Years?
Log in to Your Account or create an account if you don't have one. Your Account contains information on your current and past usage, bill images and more.
What If I Can't Afford My Bill?
If you have a past-due balance, use our online Payment Arrangements option to schedule monthly payments and bring your account up to date.
You may also qualify for energy assistance. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs for income eligible customers. For more information, contact your local County Energy Assistance Program Agency.
How Can I Avoid Spikes In My Bills?
Enroll in Budget Billing, which evens out your energy bills so they're manageable all year.
What Can I Do To Reduce My Use?
It's never too late to take action to reduce your use, which can help lower your bill.
We offer a variety of Rebates & Programs to help improve your home's efficiency.