How about a little good news! I just read the "We Connect" newsletter in my latest National Grid bill, and it mentioned that home heating gas prices may be lower this winter season. Here are the details.

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According to nationalgridus.com:

"NATIONAL GRID FORECASTS LOWER GAS BILLS FOR WINTER HEATING SEASON

National Grid customers will see lower heating bills this winter. Customers of the utility will benefit from reduced delivery rates under its most recent rate plan that went into effect on April 1, 2013. Typical residential heating customers could see a reduction of more than 9 percent on their total natural gas bill over the course of the heating season based on typical winter usage.

A typical residential heating customer who would ordinarily use about 711 therms during a normal heating season (from November to March) is forecasted to pay about $581 during the five-month period, or $62 less than last year for the same amount of usage."