Hedging Heating Bills Just Got Harder

Unlike last summer, many heating oil companies are not offering prepayment plans. But you can lower your bills this winter if you act now

The massive runup in oil prices has claimed another set of victims: those who heat their homes with oil and natural gas. Suppliers of those commodities, having nearly doubled their prices over the past year, are cutting way back on the prepayment plans that many homeowners traditionally sign in the summer months to protect against inflation.

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