Fuel Expenditure in the US comparison chart courtesy of Energy Information Administration.

By the numbers Higher fuel prices

Average fuel expenditures in the United States are expected to rise significantly this winter, according to a government prediction. Check the chart below to see how a typical U.S. household’s costs could change. (Average expenditures reflect a base calculation).
Winters of 1999-2004 Winter of 2004-05 Winter of 2005-2006 % change from last Winter
Natural gas Price ($/mcf*) 8.41 11.13 15.95 +43.4%
Expenditures ($) 586 742 1,096+47.6%
Heating oil Price ($/gallon) 1.35 1.92 2.54 +32.0%
Expenditures ($) 865 1,199 1,577 +31.5%
Propane Price ($/gallon) 1.29 1.64 2.05 +24.8%
Expenditures ($) 885 1,102 1,427 +29.5%
Electricity Price ($/kwh**) 0.08 0.09 0.09 +3.4%
Expenditures ($) 685 717 755 +5.4%
AVERAGE EXPENDITURES ($) 668 786 1,044 +32.9%

Source: Energy Information Administration * thousand cubic feet ** kilowatt hour