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Consumers asked to prepare for winter energy costs

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The Georgia Public Service commission is reminding consumers to prepare for winter weather by weatherizing their households, enrolling in budget billing programs and conserving energy if possible.

Officials said Tuesday they expect natural gas costs for residential customers to be roughly the same as they were last year.

Officials say consumers have several options to lessen the economic burden of paying for higher energy bills during months of cold weather.

Commission spokesman Bill Edge says consumers - especially those on fixed incomes - should begin looking into budget billing options to avoid unexpected spikes in power rates, or enroll in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through the state Department of Human Services.

Edge says consumers can also get help from the Georgia Environmental Financing Authority to weatherize their households.

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