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Letter: Look at your local utility bill

On a positive note, I did not see a rate increase in electricity, in comparing my October 2020 bill to my October 2021 statement.

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To the Editor:

In the Monday, Oct. 25, Mitchell Republic I read about the higher natural gas prices due to a natural gas shortage driving up the cost of utility bills. Although the news article pertained to price increases passed on the Xcel Energy and Montana/Dakota Utility customers, I compared my local utility bill one year ago to what I was billed now. What I found out was interesting.

One year ago, in my October 2020 utility bill, I was billed $14.14 for 10 therms of natural gas used. In doing the math, that worked out to $1.41 per therm. Now, in my most recent bill for October 2021, I had used 9.0 therms of natural gas, and was charged $18.84, which worked out to $2.09 per therm. As you can see, my current bill reflects a price increase of $.68 per therm.

On a positive note, I did not see a rate increase in electricity, in comparing my October 2020 bill to my October 2021 statement.

I can’t control the rate increase passed on by my utility company, but I can control the temperature at which I set my thermostat. I plan to do that.

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John Gard

Mitchell

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