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Posted on: February 13, 2021

SCMU Advises Customers of Increased Natural Gas Prices

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With frigid temperatures settling into the region and impacting the nation, wholesale natural gas prices have increased drastically.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities was able to lock in a favorable price in advance for a large portion of our winter natural gas supply. However, SCMU can’t lock in prices in advance for the fluctuating daily peak usage times.

Because of this significant price increase, customers can expect the cost of natural gas in Sioux Center to also increase significantly and impact utility bills for the time being. Wholesale market prices and weather are beyond our control, but we at Sioux Center Municipal Utilities are not increasing delivery cost of bringing natural gas to your home and/or business. 

To lessen the impact of higher natural gas prices, try these conservation steps: 

  • Discontinue unnecessary natural gas use.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat to avoid heating an unused space.
  • Make sure your furnace is running efficiently, including changing filters. 
  • Let the sunshine in. Keep shades on your windows open during the day to allow sunlight into your home. 
  • Weatherize your home to help conserve natural gas usage. 

If you expect to face difficulties as a result of the increased cost of heating this winter, we encourage you to contact Mid-Sioux Opportunity at (712) 722-3611. 

We also remind all customers of our Project Share Program, in which customers can donate to help other local residents with energy assistance, which is distributed through Mid-Sioux Opportunity.

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