Average Heating Bill in New York
In July 2010, New York State passed a new legislation that limits the sulfur content of No. 2 home heating oil, the most commonly-used method of residential heating in the state. While this new mandate will benefit the environment by drastically reducing pollution, it will not affect the cost of heating oil statewide. New Yorkers, therefore, will continue to pay top-dollar to heat their homes this winter.
The average heating bill in New York tops out at around $2,000 for the entire heating season (generally considered to be a four-month time period). That equates to an average heating bill in New York of around $500 per month. This figure is influenced by the type of heat the homes uses (oil, natural gas, or electric), the size of the home, the location, and the average temperature during the season. Some winters are harsher than others, and for winters with more snow and ice, the average heating bill in New York increases.
Luckily, there are a number of hassle-free ways for New York residents to both reduce their average heating bill and help the environment. You can do so by:
- making a conscious effort to use less heat and/or electricity;
- insulating hot water pipes;
- lowering your hot water temperature to 110 degrees;
- weather-proofing doors and windows;
- regularly replacing air filters;
- only heating the rooms you use;
- sealing or closing fireplace dampers;
- ensuring that your attic is appropriately insulated.
Adhering to these eco- and budget-friendly recommendations can reduce the average NY utility bill by more than 20%. That’s a savings of nearly $500 each winter... it’s like getting one month of heat for free!
Publish Date: 2010-10-14 10:07:37
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