The snowfall and frigid temperatures put the price of natural gas at a record high today.
Energy experts warn that the high prices are not temporary.
This year the average household is spending about $1600 dollars more on energy.
One energy expert from Williamston, Marty Kushler, Ph.D., said the only way to lower prices in the long run is to replace inefficient furnaces.
"If you can help both residential and business consumers install more efficient types of equipment, that can really reduce energy costs, and can help both the customer and the state economy."
Kushler said the best way to help people replace old furnaces is for energy companies to offer re-bates.