National Grid Gas Prices Expected To Be 10% Lower this Winter
National Grid customers are expected to pay nearly 10 percent less to heat their homes with natural gas this winter. The reduction is being credited in part to a rate cut approved last March.
National Grid predicts the heating bill for an average household using natural gas will be $581 for the November-March heating period. That’s $62 less than for the same amount of gas last winter. The cost estimate assumes an average winter, all bets are off if the winter turns significantly colder than normal.
Enjoy the reduced costs, National Grid's delivery rates are poised to go back up again next spring as part of a three year rate restructuring plan.
The one sure way to cut energy usage is to make your house more efficient. The utility recommends insulating or increasing the insulation your home. Bringing your attic insulation up to code is one of the most cost-effective ways to winter-proof your home.
Also consider lowering the thermostat. You can save 10 percent on winter heating bills by adjusting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler for the eight hours you're at work. Cut it back an additional eight hours when you sleep and you might save 20 percent.
Update windows: Many homes lose heat through outdated windows. Double-pane thermal windows reduce the heat transfer.
Reverse ceiling fans, that will help circulate heated air, and close heating vents and doors to little-used rooms.