When you pay your natural gas every month, you deserve to know exactly what you’re paying for. With so many differences between provider bills (like section names and units of measure), it can be hard to compare them directly. We’ve outlined the basic similarities you’ll find across all suppliers, as well as the ways gas is measured to produce your monthly cost.
How to Read Your Gas Bill
The section names included on your gas bill will vary depending on how your supplier chooses to describe them. But the basic components should be the same between providers.
A monthly charge to cover NGDC costs such as maintaining the gas lines, meter reading and billing.
The charges for the delivery of natural gas from your supplier to your home.
Gas Cost Adjustment
The amount billed or credited each month to account for differences between projected and actual gas supply costs.
Gas Supply Charge
This is the commodity price, or the charges for natural gas supply.
State Tax Adjustment
The amount billed or credited to your account as a result of changes to Pennsylvania taxes paid by your utility.
How Natural Gas Usage is Calculated on Your Bill
Natural gas consumption in your home is measured by subtracting your previous meter reading from your current one.
View these sample bills from common PA gas distributors:
The amount of natural gas that you see on your bill is measured through the gas meter in your home. Utility companies can see how much gas was used during the billing cycle and they charge according to the unit of measure and rate outlined on your agreement.
Read the dials left to right and if the needle is positioned between two numbers, select the lower number. If your meter has a digital display, you'll still go from left to right, but the precise number should be clear. This figure should match the reading that appears on your bill.