BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — National Grid customers can expect to see a hike in their home heating bills after the start of November.
The energy providers' new winter electric rates go into effect on Nov. 1 and are expected to be much higher as National Grid deals with multiple impacts like inflation, the war in Ukraine, and higher demand for natural gas.
Under the new rates, a customer who uses an average of 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity will $293 for the winter, as opposed to a $179 bill they would have gotten last winter. This adds up to a 64 percent increase in how much customers will have to pay to heat their homes.
Natural gas prices have been on the rise over the last year, which spells trouble for people looking to heat their homes. The average price in Massachusetts for a gallon of heating oil is $5.69, whereas at this time last year it was $3.32—a nearly 72 percent increase.
Customers that use Eversource to heat their homes will see their new rates go into effect at the start of 2023.
WBZ's Charlie Bergeron (@CharlieBergeron) reports.