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Natural gas is an important part of everyday life. So it's
nice to know that you can rely on WPS
to keep your home comfortable.
You can also count on us to provide the information you need to
manage your energy costs. A good way to start is by understanding the rates
you see on your monthly energy bill.
The natural gas rate for residential service is for customers who live in:
If you live in an apartment, condominium or other building where two or more units
are served by one meter, the natural gas for businesses in
Wisconsin rates applies.
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Natural gas is available to you whenever you need it.
The only exception — as with any gas service — is when unexpected events
occur (such as a contractor digging into a gas line), which make it
impossible to deliver gas to your home. When this happens, WPS
responds immediately to restore service.
The amount of gas flowing through your meter is measured in hundred cubic feet
(CCF). But you are charged based on the average heat content of the gas delivered
to your home — or the number of therms you use. One therm is equal to 100,000
British Thermal Units (Btus). One Btu represents the amount of heat needed to
raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at sea level.
Your bill shows how much gas (CCF) you used for the past month and a calculation that
converts the amount of gas used (CCF) to reflect the heat content of the gas (therms).
The heat content of gas may vary. WPS determines the heat content of gas
received from our supplier during the 30 days preceding your last meter reading date.
The result is shown on your monthly bill.
Two types of charges appear on your monthly gas bill:
Local distribution service is made up of fixed and volumetric charges.
The fixed charge covers many costs of safe, reliable delivery of natural gas. These
costs exist regardless of how much gas a customer uses. For example, fixed costs
The fixed charge is the same for all customers with similar gas use.
The volumetric charge on your bill varies each month based on how many
therms of gas you use. The volumetric charge includes local distribution service, gas supply acquisition service and natural gas costs.
* If your seasonal facility is used during the summer months,
you'll be billed for gas service May through Oct. If your seasonal facility is
used during the winter months, you'll be billed for gas service Nov. through
Apr. Your gas service may remain connected all year. Any incidental gas use during
the "off season" will be included on your first bill of the following season. If you
use more than 100 therms of gas during the off-season, WPS may send you a
bill during the off-season.
Gas supply service is the purchase, transportation and storage of gas, as well as the
management of gas supplies for our customers. It includes:
Please note: WPS does not profit from the price of gas, which appears
on your bill as natural gas costs. This charge reflects the actual cost for gas.
Several factors can influence your monthly gas use.
Major factors that can be
measured by WPS are summarized in the lower left-hand corner of your monthly