A Number of Resources... Can Help Cut Heating Bills icicles All the projections for winter heating costs for this year are pointing skyward, especially if Nebraska has a typical winter. According to Energy Office data, more than 68 percent of Nebraskans heat their home with natural gas. The Energy Information Administration has predicted the average heating bill for natural gas users will rise 15 percent over last year, or about $130. The agency attributed the cost rise to higher prices and increased demand. An Energy Officeweekly price survey is revealing residential propane prices are 35 percent higher than last year. Residentialheating oil prices at the 15 firms surveyed are about 52 percent higher than last year. This is the third year the Energy Office is conducting the survey for the U.S. Department of Energy. Things You Can Do With winter heating bills expected to be among the highest in recent memory, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are all providing tips on saving energy. Need Help or Can't Pay? If you — or someone you know — has struggled in the past with winter heating bills, there may be a solution before the bills get out of hand. There are several alternatives for those Nebraskans who have had difficulty paying for heating bills: Home Energy Loans Energy Statistics mailto:energy1%40mail%2estate%2ene%2eus"> State of Nebraska Home Disclaimer