Washington D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Turn down the heat and grab those blankets; heating costs this winter are expected to rise.
The U.S. Energy Department says heating bills will rise by 15% for natural gas customers and by 19% for customers using heating oil.
This, as temperatures this winter come closer to normal after a warmer than usual winter last year.
In fact, 2011's winter was the warmest on record.
Fuel prices are expected to remain relatively stable, but with colder temperatures outside, Americans will be using more to keep warm.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns