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Understanding my bill

What goes into a natural gas bill?
 

At Spire, we promise to be transparent about rates and charges, because you deserve to understand what goes into your monthly natural gas bill. Let’s take a closer look at how your bill is calculated.

First, let’s look at what’s driving the increase in the cost of goods. 

Many factors are influencing the prices of items and services we use. 

The price we pay for natural gas is reflected on your bill as the natural gas cost, with no markup passed along to our customers. You pay what we pay. 

And to get the best possible prices for our customers, we continuously monitor the natural gas market and its fluctuating natural gas prices. 

Lately, natural gas prices have increased due to: 

  • Recent international events impacting the global supply of natural gas mean it costs more for Spire to purchase natural gas for our customers. 
  • Increased demand for natural gas due to hot summer months – Natural gas is used to generate electricity to keep homes and businesses cool. So as temperatures rose during heat waves this summer, so did the demand for natural gas. Higher demand means rising natural gas costs. 
  • Inflation – The U.S. and other countries around the world are experiencing a period of inflation, meaning the prices that individuals and companies pay for goods and services have increased during a period of high demand or limited supply.

To learn more about natural gas prices for your Spire service area, simply select your region from the list above. 

Here's a look at what goes into your monthly natural gas bill

  • Delivery: About 54 percent of your bill covers the delivery and service costs to operate, maintain and upgrade natural gas pipelines across our service area.
  • Usage: Roughly 38 percent is your actual gas usage. The cost of natural gas is passed on to you with no mark up.
  • Taxes: The remaining 8 percent of your bill is the amount of municipal tax or gross receipts tax assessed by the municipality in which you receive service. This amount is collected and paid directly to the municipality.

NOTE: This is an average for Spire Alabama customers. Actual bill amounts will vary based on individual factors, like your usage, weather and the size of your home.

Here's a look at what goes into your monthly natural gas bill

  • Delivery: About 67 percent of your bill covers the delivery and service costs to operate, maintain and upgrade natural gas pipelines across our service area.
  • Usage: Roughly 24 percent is your actual gas usage. The cost of natural gas is passed on to you with no mark up.
  • Taxes: The remaining 9 percent of your bill is the amount of municipal tax or gross receipts tax assessed by the municipality in which you receive service. This amount is collected and paid directly to the municipality.

NOTE: This is an average for Spire Gulf customers. Actual bill amounts will vary based on individual factors, like your usage, weather and the size of your home.

Here's a look at what goes into your monthly natural gas bill

Delivery: This portion of your bill covers the delivery and service costs to operate, maintain and upgrade natural gas pipelines across our service area.

Natural gas cost: Cost that Spire pays for natural gas, passed on to you with no mark up.

Taxes: A portion of your bill is the amount of municipal tax or gross receipts tax assessed by the municipality in which you receive service. This amount is collected and paid directly to the municipality.

Here's a look at what goes into your monthly Spire bill

  • Delivery: About 43 percent of your bill covers the delivery and service costs to operate, maintain and upgrade natural gas pipelines across our service area.
  • Usage: Roughly 49 percent is your actual gas usage. The cost of natural gas is passed on to you with no mark up.
  • Taxes: The remaining 8 percent of your bill is the amount of municipal tax or gross receipts tax assessed by the municipality in which you receive service. This amount is collected and paid directly to the municipality.

NOTE: This is an average for Missouri customers. Actual bill amounts will vary based on individual factors, like your usage, weather and the size of your home. 

Here's a look at what goes into your monthly Spire bill

  • Delivery: About 43 percent of your bill covers the delivery and service costs to operate, maintain and upgrade natural gas pipelines across our service area.
  • Usage: Roughly 49 percent is your actual gas usage. The cost of natural gas is passed on to you with no mark up.
  • Taxes: The remaining 8 percent of your bill is the amount of municipal tax or gross receipts tax assessed by the municipality in which you receive service. This amount is collected and paid directly to the municipality.

NOTE: This is an average for Missouri customers. Actual bill amounts will vary based on individual factors, like your usage, weather and the size of your home. 

What if I'm already having a hard time affording my natural gas bill?
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Spire Employee in Customer Service Office
Contact us

Spire's team of community support specialists is here to help customers get funding from multiple sources. Start by calling us.

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View programs

This year, there's even more assistance available to help more customers, with several assistance funding sources offering double the assistance for qualifying individuals.

What else affects your gas usage?
Home size

The larger the home, the more energy it takes to maintain a cozy temperature

AND
Weather conditions

When it’s cold outside, homes with natural gas furnaces and water heaters use more energy than during warmer months

AND
Energy-efficient appliances

The age and efficiency of your home’s natural gas appliances impacts how much energy you use, too

AND
Home insulation

Insulation blocks chilly, drafty air from your home - so you don’t have to crank up the furnace just to stay comfortable.

AND
How to take control of your winter bills
Household tips

Follow these simple tips to save energy and money in your home

OR
Assistance

View and apply for multiple energy assistance programs to help those having a hard time paying their bills

OR
Budget billing

Spread your usage across 12 months for lower winter bills

OR