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November 14, 2013

Heating costs to stay on par with last year

Adequate insulation can reduce expenses


Somerset —

Cliff Feltham, media relations manager for Kentucky Utilities, said KU has had no rate increases this year and none is pending. The monthly bill depends on usage and the recent cold spell adds to home heating costs, he noted.
Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler has good news for the some 5,000 customers of Somerset Gas Service.
“There will be absolutely no increase in the cost of natural gas through heating seasons this year and next,” said Girdler.
Somerset has a plentiful supply of natural gas. During a natural gas shortage in the early 1970s, Somerset Gas Service borrowed slightly more than $4 million from Farmers Home Administration and built a natural gas pipeline to Eastern Kentucky. 
The pipeline allows Somerset to transport natural gas from previously landlocked wells in the mountains. The collection system has expanded and in addition to being Somerset’s primary source of natural gas, transportation of natural gas out of the hills has been a profitable venture for the city.
If you heat your house with fuel oil, it may cost a little more this winter. The current price for home heating oil is $3.57 a gallon. Last year at this time the price was $3.30 a gallon. Prices vary, depending on the distributor.
Kerosene for home heating is a bit higher.  Kerosene is currently $3.97 a gallon. Last year at this time the price was about $3.90 a gallon.
The price for propane is lower now than at this time last year. A spokeswoman for Ferrellgas said the current price is $2.47 a gallon. Last year at this time, propane was $2.64.9 a gallon,
If you have a fireplace and need wood, you can cut your own. A $20 permit from the U.S. Forest Service allows you to cut about four cords from dead and downed trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
There is a procedure you must follow. A permit is necessary either from the London or Stearns ranger district at a cost of $20. Kim Morgan, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, says permits, obtained at ranger district offices, specify designated areas where wood may be cut. 
To cut firewood north and east of the Cumberland River, permit seekers should come to the ranger station at London. South of the river, permits are available at the Stearns Ranger Station. 

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