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How to avoid rising heating bills this winter

New Yorkers can expect their energy bills to rise this winter without significant changes in their heating practices. According to the US Energy Information Administration, “We expect the retail price of propane in the United States will average $3.10 per gallon (gal) this winter (49% higher than last winter) and the price of heating oil will average $3.39/gal this winter (33% higher than last winter)” (eia.gov). Increasing energy prices coupled with a forecast for slightly colder winter will likely make for higher energy bills, especially across the Northeast.

You can take steps as a tenant, homeowner, landlord or building owner to avoid paying higher prices. Here are a few easy steps to decrease your heating bills and reduce your energy consumption.

  1. Join our FREE Energy Coach Webinar with our personal energy coach, Bob Fischman on December 2 at 7pm. Learn how to incorporate healthier and more energy efficient options in your building.
  2. Sign up for a FREE consultation with our energy coach. Bob provides free advice about your unique home or building and can provide recommendations for reducing energy consumption. Consultation provided in English and Spanish.
  3. Sign up for a FREE energy audit through NYSERDA. The audit provides a comprehensive look at where your home is wasting energy. Learn the cause of any drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other inefficiencies.
  4. Make home energy upgrades. Your audit and/or call with our energy coach can inform a number of upgrades to make your home more energy efficient, like sealing, insulation and upgrading your HVAC system.

A few simple changes in your heating practices can equate to money in your pocket and less emissions for the planet!