Average Heating Bill in CT

Connecticut is known for having high electric rates, which can translate to expensive heating bills during winter months. In fact, Connecticut’s average residential electric rate in 2009 was the second highest in the nation at 20.36 cents per kilowatt hour, nearly doubling the national average of 11.42 cents per kilowatt hour.

With winter fast approaching, many Connecticut residents are concerned that heating their home will cost even more money this year. Last winter, the average heating bill in CT ranged from $220 to $450 per month, per household. Many factors affect the average heating bill in CT, including the size and condition of the home being heated, the harshness of the winter season, and the manner in which the home is heated (i.e. the price of oil, natural gas, or electricity). Let’s take a look at the differences in these heating systems as well as simple ways to lower your CT heating bill this winter.

In general, electric heating is more expensive than heating with natural gas or heating oil. This is particularly the case in CT, where, as previously mentioned, electric rates are off the charts. Heating your home with electricity is also less environmentally-friendly than other methods of heating. Studies show that geothermal heating (i.e. heat pump) has the cheapest operating costs over time; however, it is one of the more expensive heating systems to install.

In order to lower your CT heating bill this winter, it’s necessary to ensure that your home is properly sealed and insulated. A homeowner must protect the heat they’re paying for by reducing air leakage. You can do so by weather stripping doors and windows and by installing proper insulation in your attic and/or basement. Another way to lower your average CT heating bill is by only heating the room(s) you’re using. For example, if you spend most of the day in your home office, turn off your whole-house heating system and just use a space heater in your office. Following these two simple steps could lower your Connecticut utility bills by hundreds of dollars a year!

Publish Date: 2010-10-13 11:42:44

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