Many Las Vegans Shocked And Unhappy About Recent Gas Bills
My wife and I were shocked when we opened our most recent Southwest Gas bill. Without a doubt, it’s the most we’ve ever paid for natural gas in our 30 years here in the Las Vegas valley. We’re not alone. Many Southern Nevada residents are very unhappy with recent higher gas bills.
Higher Gas Bills Causing Shock And Dismay Among Southern Nevadans
Many Las Vegas valley residents are unhappy with much higher gas bills over recent months. Of course, we are all aware that the price of natural gas fluctuates. However, when you’re paying more than you ever have before, you want to dig a little deeper and find out why this is happening to you.
Therefore, we are taking a much closer look at our Southwest Gas bills for December and January. For example, our home’s gas bill for December 2023 is 30% higher than December 2022. You would think we must have used more gas that month. But we actually used 16 fewer therms in 2023 than we did in 2022. So why did we end up paying more?
Subsequently, my eyes popped out of their sockets when I saw our January 2024 Southwest Gas bill. It was a whopping 68% higher than our January 2023 bill. We only used 11 therms more than last year, but we are paying more for natural gas than ever.
As a result, we are feeling the budget crunch like many Southern Nevadans. Not only are we paying higher prices at the grocery store, but we are also all paying a lot more for auto insurance than ever before too.
Southwest Gas Explains Why We’re All Paying More For Natural Gas
With this in mind, I did a quick internet search to see if I could find out why this is happening. Lauren Negrete wrote an article on 8NewsNow.com which includes a five paragraph statement from officials at Southwest Gas. To summarize, when they pay more for the natural gas, they pass those costs on to us, “with no markup or profit to the Company.”
Recently, they have had to pay more for natural gas due to “colder than normal weather,” “residual effects of winter storm Uri and the war in Ukraine.” If you’d like to see the Company’s full statement in Negrete’s article, click here.
If you are looking for ways to save money on your Southwest Gas bills, they offer tips to Southern Nevada residents on their website. Access those by clicking here. Furthermore, if you need help in paying your bill, Southwest Gas does over some special programs. You can get more information by clicking here.
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