Average Heating Bill in Maryland
The average heating bill in Maryland is expected to be slightly lower this year than last year. Most residents aren’t getting too excited just yet, though. That’s because the average MD heating bill for the 2010-2011 winter season is still expected to be approximately $525 per month. Although this is a $30 per month drop from last year, it is still an exorbitant sum of money. The winter heating season in Maryland runs from November through March, which means that the total bill to heat the average Maryland home this winter will exceed $2600!
The slightly decrease in heating costs as compared to last year is due to a predicted lower price in the cost of natural gas. Natural gas tends to be the least expensive option for a winter home. Maryland residents who heat their homes with heating oil or electricity may not experience even this small drop in their monthly winter heating costs. High costs may be a particular problem for people who heat their homes with electricity. This is due to the fact that Maryland pays higher electricity rates on average than any other state in the South Atlantic Region (and higher than the national average as well).
Residents of this state should be aware that heating costs are expected to rise again next year. This is due to the fact that major Maryland Utility Companies have applied for the right to increase their rates after many years of not doing so. The rate hike would end up raising monthly electricity bills by approximately one percent and increase the cost of gas bills by about four percent. In the winter months, that can mean a lot of wasted money.
Luckily, there are many changes that Maryland customers can make to their homes to reduce their total heating costs this year and in the years to come. Some of the basic things that MD residents should do include:
- Weather stripping all doors and windows to prevent heat leaks
- Properly insulating the home especially the basement and attic areas
- Limit heating to single rooms rather than using whole house heating
- Turn the heat off when you aren’t at home
- Keep the house slightly chillier this year than last year and don an extra sweater
Maryland residents who use electricity to heat their homes should also consider switching to a lower cost electricity provider. This can help residents in lowering their MD winter electric bills.
Publish Date: 2010-12-08 12:42:26
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