FOX NEWS — The average monthly gas bill for households that live in metro Atlanta is $1.1 million, according to a new report.
The average gas bill rose to $1 million for metro Atlanta households in the third quarter of this year.
Gas prices have climbed more than 30 percent this year, and now average more than $3 per gallon.
Gas can be purchased online, in stores and at gas stations.
The report was released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and released Tuesday.
It also showed that metro Atlanta homeowners who bought gas before April 1, 2018, were paying about $2,000 more per month than those who bought in the last three months.
The median annual price for gas in metro Georgia is $2.16 per gallon, and the GBI said the median gas price for a household in metro Detroit is $3.15 per gallon in 2018.
According to the GSB, there were 1,500 metro Atlanta homes that were subject to the gas bill penalty in the three months before April 2018.
The penalty increases when an owner sells a home within five years of purchase.
That’s because the new homeowners have to pay the additional penalty when they sell their home.
The new bill increase comes as many cities in the metro area are seeing a surge in natural gas usage, as a result of the increased use of natural gas in vehicles.
The GSB said that the price of natural, carbon-free natural gas rose by 11.9 percent from the third-quarter of 2017 to the third last month of 2018.
Gas also rose by 16.3 percent from April 2017 to April 2018, the report said.