As a Boston resident, there are two things you expect during the winter months:
- Cold temperatures
- A high heating bill
While you can’t do anything to control the weather, there are steps you can take to save on your heating bill. Even if you only make a few minor changes, it can go a long way in saving you hundreds of dollars (if not more). According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, here’s how much it costs to heat a 2,186 square foot house in New England (with a heated area of 1,861 square feet):
As you can see, the cost of heating a Boston area home depends largely on the heating fuel. Natural gas is most efficient, with electric resistance heat at the bottom of the list.
How to Save Money on Heating
Now that you know how much it costs, on average, to heat your home, it’s time to focus on the many ways to save money on your heating bill:
1. Upgrade Your Heating System
For example, if you’re relying on propane or electric resistance heat, look into replacing it with a natural gas furnace or modern wood heating. Yes, it costs money to make the change, but it will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your system.
2. Use a Smart Thermostat
Many people make the mistake of leaving their heat on when they’re not at home and/or sleeping at night. It’s your choice to do so, but it will increase your heating bill. With the help of a smart thermostat, you can set your furnace to a lower setting when you’re at work or sleeping. Furthermore, if you opt for a wi-fi thermostat, you can control your settings from your smartphone.
3. Find Air Leaks
Air leaks are a big problem for two reasons:
- Leaks let cold air in from the outside
- Leaks let warm air out of your home
As a result, your heating system has to work harder. Subsequently, it results in a higher than necessary heating bill. Some of the most common culprits of air leaks include:
- Crawl spaces
For example, if your entry doors are letting air in, new weatherstripping may solve the problem.
If your windows are to blame, make sure they’re shut and then check for missing or damaged caulking.
Track Your Monthly Gas Bill The only way to know if you’re saving on your heating bill is to track your monthly expense and compare it to previous years (taking into consideration any change in fuel prices).
Maybe you find that one particular action has saved you money, such as caulking your windows and adding weatherstripping to your doors. In this case, you can double down on this approach every year, making sure that all cracks are sealed. From furnace installation to boiler repair and maintenance, you’re in the right place if your heating system requires professional attention. With our help, you can take steps to save on your heating bill this winter.