If you heat your home using electricity, throw on another blanket. You'll probably be paying more to keep warm. If you heat your home using natural gas, you'll feel pretty cozy knowing that natural gas prices are steady. Black Hills Energy took advantage of low spring and summer gas prices and stored it for this winter. Electricity rates appear to be going up. Lincoln Electric System has a request pending with the City Council for a 2.5% rate increase. A vote on the L-E-S proposal is scheduled for December 3rd. The Nebraska Public Power District board has voted to raise rates an average of 3.75% beginning Jan. 1st. That's about $5.50 a month more.