Gas customers to see slight increase

Published 8:42 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014

Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will see a slight increase in their monthly bills after an increase in the cost of natural gas.

The average seasonal monthly bill will increase from $41.43 to $42.38, according to a press release from the company. The comparison is based on a monthly usage of 23 Ccf. A Ccf is the measurement used for natural gas usage and is the equivalent of 100 cubic feet.

The rate change reflects an update to the costs Columbia Gas will incur in purchasing gas for its customers over the upcoming three month period.

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The Virginia State Corporation Commission reviews all purchased gas adjustment rate changes. Columbia Gas typically adjusts its gas costs on a quarterly basis to reflect the price the company pays for natural gas. By law, these costs are passed on dollar for dollar to customers without markup or profit.

Columbia Gas has several programs that can help customers manage their energy bills, including the Budget Payment Plan, which allows customers to spread their energy costs evenly throughout the year.

Customers can also take advantage of direct e-bill, a paperless billing service that saves energy and the natural resources required to produce paper bills. Details on all Columbia Gas programs can be found at

Customers can also save money by taking advantage of the WarmWise energy efficiency and conservation program, Columbia Gas customers can reduce individual natural gas consumption and manage their cost of energy. To learn more, go to