Mild winter has Minnesotans saving hundreds on heating bills

Lower gas prices haven't hurt, either. Some consumers can expect their total winter heating bills to be up to $200 less than last year.
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Lower gas prices haven't hurt, either. Some consumers can expect their total winter heating bills to be up to $200 less than last year.

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Last year's crazy warm Minnesota winter would've made even a Scrooge smile at the pint-sized heating bills it produced. Don't expect another winter like that. The Energy Department says this year's bills will likely be 20 percent higher if you heat with oil; only five percent more if you use electricity.

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) saved about $20 million last winter thanks to a milder temperatures and a below average snowfall. WCCO-TV reports that MnDOT spent $45.9 million on winter maintenance over the winter, down from $66.1 million the year before. The state says the extra cash will come in handy in other areas.

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