Average Heating Bill in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ residents are getting ready to cringe again as the winter months approach. That is because this state has some of the highest winter heating bills out of the entire nation. This is due in part to the fact that this is a cold state, of course. However, other factors contribute to the problem as well, including the choices that people make for how to heat their homes.

In general, the least expensive option for heating a home is to use natural gas. That is particularly true this year since the price of natural gas has declined for the second time in a row. One prediction is that Massachusetts residents who choose to heat their homes with natural gas can reduce their monthly winter heating bills by as much as $133 this year as compared to last year. Unfortunately, not enough Massachusetts residents are taking advantage of this option. In the major MA city of Boston, less than half of the residents are heating their homes using natural gas.

A large percentage of Massachusetts’ residents (including more than one third of Boston residents) are currently heating their homes using heating oil. This is considered to be a very pricey option for heating the home. The number of people in the Boston area who are heating their homes this way is actually among the highest in the nation. What a mistake!

Of course, another way to heat your home is to use electricity. Approximately 13% of Boston residents are heating their homes this way. That’s frightening considering that the average electricity rates in Massachusetts are much higher than the national average.  In general, the New England states pay considerably more than the rest of the nation for electricity and Massachusetts is no exception.

So what can you do to lower your winter heating bills in Massachusetts this year? The obvious answer is to switch to natural gas, the cheapest heating option in the state this year. However, this isn’t your only option. Another smart option would be to switch to a lower cost electricity provider that can heat your home for a fair rate. Doing this can allow you to save a significant amount off of the cost of your MA winter heating bills.

Publish Date: 2011-01-14 10:37:21

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