Understanding Your Gas Bill

A residential gas bill is made up of three (3) different main charges: the Distribution charge, the Gas Customer charge, and the Purchased Gas charge (PGC). Commercial customers will also notice a Maryland State sales charge each month.

The Distribution charge is a set cost per ccf for delivery of gas to your home and to construct and maintain the distribution system. This charge does not include the cost of gas.

The Gas Customer charge is the fixed cost per month to read your meter, process monthly bills and provide customer services. These are fixed costs to serve each customer no matter how much gas is consumed.

The Purchased Gas Charge (PGC) is the price that Easton Utilities pays for natural gas from the wholesale energy market. The cost may be long or short-term contracts or daily ‘real time’ market prices. The PGC is billed to our customers without any mark-up and reflects approximately 2/3 of a customer’s bill.

Measurements: Natural gas is measured by "ccf." One ccf equals 100 cubic feet or 1 unit.

STRIVING TO SAVE YOU MONEY

Easton Utilities buys natural gas on the wholesale market. Purchases could be long or short-term contracts or daily ‘real time’ market prices. When demand is low, such as in the summer months, we purchase and store a portion of the natural gas we use throughout the year. This helps reduce the spikes in your bill during cold, high demand winters.

Natural gas prices are the largest and most volatile part of your bill. Gas prices vary throughout the year and are not always predictable due to weather extremes and economic uncertainties. In winter, the price of natural gas can be very high, while the price of electricity can increase during the warm summer months. As your public power utility, Easton Utilities works diligently to keep your energy costs low while delivering a safe and reliable product.

RESIDENTIAL RATES & INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL BUSINESS RATES


Residential Service Rates
Base Rate Charge
(per 100 ccf)
Customer Charge Minimum Monthly Bill
$0.3430 $9.65 per month The minimum monthly bill shall be the Customer Charge

 

Commercial Business Service Rates
Base Rate Charge
(per 100 ccf)
Customer Charge Minimum Monthly Bill
$0.1958 $33.25 per month The minimum monthly bill shall be the Customer Charge

 

Large Commercial & Industrial Business Service Rates
Base Rate Charge
(per 100 ccf)
Customer Charge Minimum Monthly Bill
First 10,000 ccf: $0.1500 $214 per month The minimum monthly bill shall be the Customer Charge
Over 10,000 ccf: $0.1113