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How does this winter heating season compare to the past?

Despite this sudden burst of winter weather in March, we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So how did natural gas prices for this heating season (November- March) compare with last winter?

The largest average increase in the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) from last year was for Nicor Gas, which went up from an average supply price of 27.60 cents/therm in 2015/16 to 39.60 cents/therm in 2016/17, a 43 percent increase.

Check out the rest of the average prices for the heating season and how they compared to last winter below.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, forecasts that prices will rise again next winter, with more typically cold temperatures expected.

However, despite the increase, prices are still lower than the average prices of the past decade, the EIA said.

Energy prices last winter were especially low, with warmer-than-normal weather reducing heating demand to the lowest level nationwide in at least 25 years, according to the EIA. CUB saw the lowest prices in nearly 15 years.

As always, check out our energy efficiency page to help you save on your bills, no matter the price of gas.