In Texas Heating Prices are forecast-ed to rise this winter — as are any other U.S. households that use oil for heat. Forecasters predict that colder temperatures will lead to a 19 percent increase (or $407) for heating oil and 15 percent increase for natural gas from October 1st – March 31st.
According to the report, half of U.S. households use natural gas as their heating source and 6 percent use heating oil.
Other factors are affecting the cost of heating in the United States as well. Global turmoil, funds cut for the HEAP program, and the lack of natural production also impact the cost of Cypress TX heating.
How To Lower Your Heating Bill
There are several things you can do to offset these increases in expenses:
- Program the thermostat to turn off when you are typically at work and turn on right before you come home.
- Save 10% on your heating bill by re-caulking and plugging leaks around doors and windows.
- Check your duct-work for leaks and disconnects that may be impeding airflow.
- Cover your water heater in a $15 insulated jacket.
- Buy a low-flow shower head to use 25 – 50 percent less hot water.
- Put plastic film around your windows to trap heat inside.
- Insulate your attic and basement better, if possible.
- If your furnace is over 20 years old, invest in a new one with an Energy Star rating.
- Replace your furnace’s air filter and get a tune-up to save 3-10 percent on your bill.