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Energy Company: December Bills Could Double

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(KATV)-It's been 50 percent colder this year than last year at this time, according to weather experts at the NOAA. After the December ice storm, CenterPoint Energy says to expect a higher bill, as much as double or triple for some customers. 

"The concern that we've got is the consumption for the last billing cycle is going to be drastically higher than the previous billing cycle. The cost of gas still remains very cheap and stable, our concern is that due to the drastic reduction in the temperature, our customers are going to see a higher gas bill this billing cycle," said Keith Cragg of CenterPoint Energy. 

Middleton Heating and Air gave Channel 7 News tips on how to save money on the next energy bill. 

"First and foremost it's getting an energy efficient gas furnace," said Ron Humphrey of Middleton Heating and Air. 

Middleton has seen an increase this year people looking to change out old systems for new. Old furnaces only see about 50 cents on the dollar spent on energy going into the home. 

"Today we can get up to 98 percent efficient, so 98 cents on the dollar of the heat you produce on a 98 AFU furnace goes into the home, so it's very efficient," Humphrey said.

Other tips to save money are to leave the thermostat alone. Experts say the thermostat should not fluctuate based on temperatures outside. Experts also say to change air filters regularly and to close off unused rooms.

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