2005-11-04 / Community

Rising Prices Impact Winter Heating

In response to rising energy prices, the New York Public Service Commission is encouraging all New Yorkers to be prepared for the winter heating season. Because of higher commodity prices, it is expected that natural gas bills for average residential customers will be 30 to 45% higher when compared with last winter.

Despite the predicted higher energy costs, New Yorkers can reduce their overall heating bills anywhere from 10 to 50% by adopting some simple, affordable steps around the house.

Insulate -Insulation is the most important energy saver. A well-insulated attic has the greatest impact to save fuel and increase comfort. Consumers should make sure outside walls and floors over unheated basements and crawl spaces are also properly insulated.

Set Back Thermostat- Another effective way to save money is by turning down the thermostat at night and during periods of time when the home is unoccupied.

You can save as much as 20% of heating costs by setting a thermostat back by 10 degrees for two eight-hour periods a day.

Caulk Window and Door Trim -Caulk forms a flexible seal for cracks, gaps, or joints in a variety of places throughout the home.

Seal Off Unused Areas -Shut off the heat to any storage areas. Also, be sure to close vents to any unused bedrooms in the house. Vents can always be reopened when a guest comes to visit.

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