Dominion Energy Ohio’s monthly natural gas price for residential customers who are on the Standard Choice Offer (SCO) is staying the same for April.

The SCO price, effective April 15, when rounded to the nearest cent is $2.93 per thousand cubic feet (mcf), the same rate as March.

The April rate is 17 cents or 5.8 percent higher than the price a year ago or $2.76./mcf.

The April rate also reflects the new “adder” of 22 cents/mcf for the state-approved formula to set each month’s rate, up from 15 cents/mcf.

The utility estimates the average residential customer’s bill for the month of April would be $56.25, up $2.22, or 4.1 percent, from $54.03 in April 2018.

All customers pay a fixed $28.14 for the basic monthly charge. Customers also pay a usage-based charge to transport the gas to the home, and gross-receipts tax.

Consumer columnist Betty Lin-Fisher continues to recommend the SCO. To read a step-by-step guide on how to get the SCO, go to www.tinyurl.com/updateSCO

 

Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/topics/linfisher