11/19/17 – Area residents could see a higher heating bill this winter compared to last year. Officials at Alliant Energy say a warmer winter than normal last season resulted in less energy needing to be used. The company says if the region experiences normal winter weather and the price of natural gas stays the same, they are estimating that residential customers could pay $423 in winter heating costs. That would be an 8-percent increase or $32 more than last year. The typical heating season begins in November and runs through March.