Entries in Winter Weather (2)


Heating Bills Expected to Rise This Winter

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the temperature falls, heating bills are expected to rise.  The Energy Department released its annual Winter Fuels Outlook Wednesday, and according to EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski, “It is going to be colder than last year, we think, and as a result of that, fuel bills are going to be higher."

Colder weather will force homeowners to crank up the heat. If you heat with oil, your bill could be 19 percent higher.  Natural gas customers are expected to pay 15 percent more, and propane customers can expect their bill to go up by as much as 13 percent.

The average bill will be nearly $2500 dollars this winter, a record high.  

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Weather Impacting Sugar Cane Crop, Prices

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The freezing temperatures in southern states are impacting several crops, including one that provides an ingredient used in so many foods it appears likely people across the country will feel an impact at the supermarket.

The Miami Herald on Sunday reported five nights of freezing temperatures have taken quite a toll on Florida's sugar cane crop.  Officials with U.S. Sugar Corporation told the Herald this year's crop has been heavily damaged, as well as cane grown last year being prepared for processing.  The 2011-2012 planting is also impacted by the cold.

The company reportedly has yet to harvest 60 percent of this year's crop but much of it is frozen.  Harvesters are working against the clock to get it in before it spoils.

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