Natural gas use highest in a decade

FILE - An Aug. 13, 2013 file photo shows a gas drilling rig at the Detweiler well in Salesville, Ohio. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, Ohio lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to hike taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio. The measure is supported by Ohio's oil and gas industry, including owners of the Detweiler site, as a compromise to an earlier plan pushed by Gov. John Kasich. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

This Winter’s extra-chilly temperatures have pushed natural gas consumption to levels we haven’t seen since 2004.

Vectren says nearly 260 million cubic feet of natural gas have been used by it’s 315,000 customers in west central Ohio in Nov. to Jan; a level which hasn’t been seen since the same period in 2002-2003.

According to the natural gas delivery company, the average residential customer has used about 90 more cubic feet this Winter versus last year.

There is good news in the usage numbers, gas prices are lower than the record highs we saw in 2008-2009, meaning the drop in temperatures won’t make as big of an impact in your wallet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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