Even as natural gas prices hold steady, saving on heating costs can be a big plus for your pocket book. If your home happens to be heated with heating oil, you may wish you’d gone for the natural gas, but we can still probably save you something this winter.
Prices for most home heating fuels, including natural gas and heating oil, are expected to hold steady. Nevertheless, using less fuel is in everyone’s interest and it’s not difficult to achieve.
Natural gas prices are expected to remain relatively low and electricity or propane heating should remain relatively affordable too. The fact is, only a small percentage of homeowners are using heating oil and heating oil prices are expected to stay as high as ever. They’ll bear the brunt of higher heating costs and will benefit the most from a thorough review of their furnace and heating system.
No matter if your burning heating oil or far more affordable natural gas, the most important thing to do is to plan to dress warmer during the coldest months and turn that thermostat down. Even with dirt cheap natural gas prices it just doesn’t make sense to burn natural gas you don’t need to burn.
These are some very easy ways of saving on heating costs and fending off higher heating oil prices. Even with affordable natural gas prices, they’re not the kind of things anyone should ignore.
- Check all of the vents, fans and windows in your entire house including any weather stripping, and seal them up. Be careful of the furnace intake vent and be sure that is clean and unobstructed.
- Saving on heating costs with a fireplace can be significant and even pleasant, but as soon as there’s no smoke, you need to close the damper. Be sure it’s completely closed when you haven’t got a fire going.
- Take advantage of the sun – everyday. Open drapes or curtains for the earliest sun, and close them when it’s no longer shining.
- Lowering the temperature of your water heater even slightly will also use less gas or electricity without costing you much by way of hot water.
We’ve found that despite high heating oil prices, many customers using heating oil are using their furnace in combination with a wood burner or fireplace. It’s a good strategy for customers to far from a good gas line. Though natural gas prices will remain low, the cost of connecting to a natural gas source will probably prevent many would-be gas customers from switching, even despite high heating oil prices.
If you’re combating high heating oil prices and saving on heating costs with a fireplace or wood burner, remember, carbon monoxide risks are just as significant. Safety precautions need to be followed carefully and a thorough furnace inspection – as well as regular vent and damper inspections – will go a long way toward keeping your family safer, and warmer, even while you’re saving on heating costs.