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East Texas- 11/07/2007

Gas Prices Could Add Up To A Costly Winter

This upcoming winter is predicted to be a chilly and costly one for East Texans. A recent surge in oil prices is hitting hard at the pump and it will soon affect your heating bill.

Just before the holidays, drivers are once again experiencing pain at the pump. According to the Energy Information Administration, record-high oil prices will also have some impact on natural gas, raising your heating bill.

"It cuts into my Christmas, it cuts into taking care of the family," said Tyler resident Woody Motschenbacher.  "Food costs are up, it's going up across the board and i don't know about you, but I work hard for my money and the little bit i get. I'd like to spend on other things besides heating and cooling."

Natural gas prices are expected to rise 10.7% from last year. That's about $900 for the average national home.

There are some simple, energy-saving tips that can also save you a lot of money in the long run.

Change or clean your furnace filter once a month during the winter, and have it inspected once a year. Also set your thermostat as low as possible. While you're home, try to set it under 70 degrees. Homes with children or elderly, however, need to be warmer.

With winter just around the corner, East Texans said they'll do whatever is necessary to survive.

"More clothes. Put your thermals on. Put your long-sleeve shirts on," said Motschenbacher.  "Either that or we can cut cable out, one or the other."

This week, the price of crude oil reached a record of 98 dollars a barrel. But there is some good news for us. The cost of natural gas is much less than the cost of heating oil, used mostly in the Northeast.

Courtney Lane, Reporting.  

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