Updated: 12/17/2013 1:15 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 12:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Minnesota has been experiencing colder than average temperatures for the first half of December and this has led to an increase in gas consumption, according to CenterPoint Energy.
CenterPoint Energy reported seeing a 97 percent increase in consumption by natural gas customers and estimated bills might be twice as high in December as they were in November.
Temperatures have been 36 percent colder than average in Minnesota for the first half of December.
A few ways to manage energy costs include making your home more energy efficient and lowering energy consumption. Furnaces account for the most natural gas used in a home and make up about 70 percent of gas bills, according to CenterPoint.
CenterPoint gives these energy saving tips: