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PG&E says customers can expect NG bills to be 9 percent lower this month

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) customers can expect average natural gas bills to be about 9 percent lower this month than in January of last year, the company said in a news release.

Small increases in charges for transmission, distribution and mandated social programs are expected to be offset by lower forecast usage and a decline in gas prices. The price of the natural gas has been favorable because of high storage levels and lower demand, PG&E said.

Natural gas costs can change quickly during the winter months depending on weather and market conditions, the news release continued.

Customers can also take steps to help reduce their gas bills. Turning down the thermostat by one or two degrees and installing weather stripping in your home are two ways to save on winter heating bills.

Customers who need help with bill payment should call 800-PGE-5000.