MarketWatch.com reported that U.S. households will be paying more for heating this winter, with total expenditures for natural gas and heating oil expected to increase over last year, according to an Energy Department forecast. Household expenditures for natural gas are expected to rise 2.6 percent this winter to $744, average heating oil expenditures for households using the fuel are expected to rise 8.4 percent to $2,493, and propane expenditures are seen increasing 7 percent on average.