Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Central New Yorkers may have been relieved at having smaller National Grid heating bills over the winter. But what's the Real Deal when it comes to adjustment charges after such winters?
According to the utility, an adjustment charge is a tool that stabilizes the cost of delivering natural gas. It tempers price spikes and reduces the impact of extreme weather on the delivery portion of natural gas customers in Upstate New York.
A charge is added to the bill when the weather is warmer than the 30-year average and a refund is applied when the weather is colder than the normal 30-year average.
For example, the winter of 2010-2011 was particularly cold and the average heating customer was refunded about 50 cents.
This season, however, the average customer saw a charge of about $9.13.
National Grid says the charge is negligible when the heating costs for the average homeowner in Upstate New York are down about $200 from last winter. If there’s something you want to know the Real Deal about, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9wsyr.com.