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How Much Will It Cost To Heat This House With Oil Or Gas?

"How much do you think it will cost us to heat this house?" This is a question we are asked often by First Time Home Buyers. And not a question we can answer since every house is different and every household is different in its consumption of heat. But now we have something to pass on to those people who want to have some idea what their fuel bills may be in the winter.

use a programmable thermostatAccording to a report put out by the U.S. Energy Information Administration Agency, the cost to heat an average home this coming winter with oil will cost $2,146 and $739 with natural gas.  That is a big difference between gas and oil prices and often buyers may not have a choice between oil and gas in the house they purchase.

This report, as a guideline, is a helpful start, but homeowners need to pay close attention to their bills and monitor how they are using fuel over the course of the winter to find out what is their cost to heat their house.

To save money, homeowners can install programmable thermostats to lower the temperature when everyone is away at work or school and increase the temperature during the hours when everyone is home and awake.   Upgrade windows and storm doors to save money.  If upgrades are not in the budget now, place drapes over drafty windows.  Be creative and find ways to save on heating bills.  Make it a household effort. 

Even though we cannot give a client an answer to their question of "how much will it cost to heat this house?" we can at least give them guidance on how to become aware of their usage of fuel and hopefully they will find a level of consumption that fits their budget and comfort of living.

(Written by Gloria) 

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Doug Durren and Gloria Todor, Realtors®, SRES® 

CENTURY 21 ABSOLUTE REALTY
512 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064

GloriaTodor@Century21.com

Gloria 484-431-3686

610-328-4300 x131 Office

 Serving Delaware County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Pennsylvania & Surrounding Areas 

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"How much do you think it will cost us to heat this house? " This is a question we are asked often by First Time Home Buyers. And not a question we can answer since every house is different and every household is different in its consumption of heat… more