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"Heating Degree Days" Could Mean Higher Energy Costs

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Our weather staff uses something called "heating degree days," a number used to approximate energy demand deeded to heat a building.

With the recent cold weather streak that we've been facing, according to this figure, the average person should see a heating bill 20% higher than normal. Those numbers are from December 1 - January 6th.

Meteorologist Kevin Phelps took the numbers from January, and so far, a heating bill would be approximately 38% higher than normal.

This is just an approximation our meteorologists use for weather and our news will have more from energy companies and what they use to approximate heating costs.