Fewer SaskEnergy customers are paying their bills in person so the corporation will close its cashier offices in nine places, effective Jan. 2.
Cashier services will be discontinued in Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, North Battleford, Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan, Tisdale and Kindersley.
Only in Regina and Saskatoon will people be able to pay their natural gas bills at SaskEnergy offices.
In a news release issued Dec. 9, the corporation said about 96 percent of customers pay their bills at their financial institutions, either online, by telephone or by pre-authorized withdrawals.
Customer walk-ins are highest in Regina and Saskatoon, the corporation said.
There will be no job losses as a result of the change but it will save about $1.3 million per year.
Meanwhile, SaskPower said the recent cold snap has set a new record for electricity use in the province.
On Friday, a total of 3,453 megawatts were used at 5:24 p.m.
The company said it expects to continue to break records through the winter largely as a result of growth in demand.