NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There may be a much-needed break in energy costs for homeowners this winter.

New York state regulators expect natural gas and electricity prices to be generally lower than they were last winter.

New York’s natural gas utilities have adequate supplies, according to the state Public Service Commission. Bills will vary by utility, but natural gas bills in general are expected to be lower this winter.

Though regulators caution that commodity prices can vary due to weather and by utility, the same trend is also expected for electricity prices.

The Public Service Commission said utilities and third-party energy providers in New York have agreed to provide customers with more information and more refined tools to help customers manage energy bills.

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