Home heating costs expected to rise this winter

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Denver Walker, of Somerset Fuels, makes a heating oil delivery to a home in Jenner Crossroads, Pa. On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, the Energy Department said that household bills from October through March are likely to be higher for all four main heating fuels: natural gas, electricity, heating oil and propane. (John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP, File)

It will likely cost you more to stay warm this winter.

The Energy Department said heating bills from October through March are expected to increase.

On average, heating oil will cost about 38 percent more than last year.  Propane, 26 percent more, natural gas 22 percent more and electricity will see a five percent hike.

The reason is simply that forecasters are calling for a colder winter.

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