The price of natural gas impacts heavily the 51% of households who use gas to heat homes and the many businesses that use natural gas as a feed stock. But even if consumers do not directly buy and use natural gas, consumers energy costs are substantially determined by the price of natural gas. Why?
In most markets, the price of natural gas determines the wholesale price of electricity, and all consumers use electricity. The EIA says about the main cause of the recent, big jump in wholesale electricity prices: