Excerpt from http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2010/10/13/Winter-heating-bills-expected-to-rise/UPI-43321287006096/
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said heating bills for homes that use primarily natural gas for heat — about 52 percent of the nation’s homes — could see energy prices over the course of the winter rise $27 or 4 percent. Homes relying on electric heat could cost $18 or 2 percent less to heat this winter. Those relying on heating oil — 12 percent of the nation’s homes — would have a far higher sticker shock to confront. Heating oil prices over the course of winter were expected to rise about $220 this winter, an increase of 12 percent.