Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - For the first time in years, National Grid is predicting customers may receive a break in their heating bills this winter.
National Grid predicts that the average homeowner using natural gas will save $60 this winter.
“People historically are in tune with energy prices continually going up so a 9 percent reduction this year is really going to help customers. Compared to just a few years ago, when prices for the average home were around $890 – to be down several hundred dollars from that is going to be a huge help,” said Christopher Gorman with National Grid.
National Grid says the following rebates are available through the company’s Energy Efficiency programs for the installation of qualifying residents:
- Energy Star programmable thermostats
- Outdoor boiler reset controls
- High-efficiency boilers and furnaces
- High-efficiency water heaters
National Grid says the following steps can help save money this winter:
- Have furnaces and heating systems checked every two years by a qualified heating contractor.
- Customers should make sure their attic, walls and foundation are well insulated.
- Gaps around doors, windows and foundations should also be well sealed.
National Grid also suggests the following to improve furnace efficiency:
- An automatic thermostat that lowers the heat when the house is unoccupied or when you are sleeping can help keep natural gas consumption down. For every one degree you set your thermostat back, you can save one to three percent on your annual energy bill.
- If shopping for a new furnace, carefully weigh the purchase of a high-efficiency model and take advantage of National Grid’s rebate programs.