Natural Gas: Consumers will pay about 21 percent more this year, or about 178 dollars.
Heating Oil: Consumers will pay about 20 percent more this year, or about 407 dollars. (National average)
Electricity: Consumers will pay about 6 percent more this year, or about 79 dollars.
Propane: Consumers will pay about 15 percent more this year, or about 347 dollars.
Of course, if this winter is colder than expected, expenditures could go up even more. A warmer than expected winter would reduce expenditures.
Your Tip: No matter what kind of heating fuel you use, there are plenty of ways to save energy and reduce bills this winter.
Let sunlight heat your home naturally by opening curtains and blinds on south- and west-facing windows during the day. Close window coverings at night.
Lower the temperature in your home while you are sleeping or away. Dropping the thermostat temperature by eight degrees for seven hours each night and an additional seven hours each weekday can save up to 12 percent on seasonal heating costs. That's about $180 for the average home.
Plug leaks! Seal air leaks around doors and windows with sealant, caulking and weather stripping.
Check the furnace filter every month. If it looks dirty, change it - a dirty filter makes the system work harder, slows air flow and can damage the furnace.
Add a programmable thermostat to your home. It will cost around 100 dollars on average, but can save even more by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home when you are sleeping or away.
Time for new heating equipment? Look for a unit that has earned the Energy Star. Depending on where you live and what type of heating fuel you use, Energy Star furnaces are 12-16 percent more efficient than standard models