Gas Heating Bills Expected to Drop, Con Ed Says

Con Ed says it expects residential customers' gas heating bills to drop 3.8 percent this winter compared to last year.

The utility company says the 2011-2012 average gas-heating customer residential winter bill from November to March is expected to about $350 per month, down from $364 last year.

That's because of lower fuel prices.

The company says customers can take advantage of energy efficiency programs to additionally save money on their heating bills.

"Replacing older equipment with high-efficiency technology can cut heating costs dramatically," said a press release from Con Ed Tuesday.

An eligible customer in a one-to-four family home could qualify for a Con Ed rebate of up to $1,000 for an energy-efficient furnace, boiler or hot water heater that uses natural gas.

For more information on Con Ed's energy efficiency programs, visit

The company has 1.1 million customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester County and parts of Queens. About 279,000 of them use gas for heating in their homes.

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