Avoid Higher Heating Expenditures This Winter
Whether you noticed it or not, you probably spent around $600 heating your home last winter if you have a natural gas heating system. If you were using propane, then you probably spent a whopping $1500 keeping you and your family warm, and if you used electric, then you probably spent $900. If this worries you, then what may be even more disturbing is the even higher heating expenditures this winter. You can expect those bills to hike up to $700, $1700 and $910 respectively this winter. The only ones seeing a decrease in pricing are those using heating oil, but they’re still paying the most at around $2050.
With heating and cooling costs for most households forecast to rise from last winter’s levels, it’s more important than ever to be sure that you have a highly efficient heating and cooling system in your home unless you have money to blow. The changes in energy prices are not only due to a rise in fuel costs but also more extreme temperatures. There is always the option to get a wood burning stove, but you may need more than one if you have many rooms to keep warm. In addition, you would still need a cooling system for the summers.
About one-half of U.S. households use natural gas. Some of these households got on board because the most affordable fuel option these days seems to be gas, but speak with a home heating expert before you make the switch.