You've heard it on the news for months: fuel costs are rising. As a result, many Americans are experiencing inflated heating bills this winter.
Using the Northeast as an example, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that the average cost for a gallon of home heating oil last winter was $1.19. This rate translated into a winter heating bill of $765 for the typical family, according to Family Money magazine. This year, the EIA estimates that the average cost per gallon will be $1.32, with a total winter heating cost of $900 for an average family. And if it's a very cold winter, costs could be even higher.
Before the temperature really plummets, take a moment to see if your home is ready for the big chill. First, take our quiz to test your energy-efficiency know-how. Then, use our tips for exterior and interior adjustments, which offer a quick way to batten the hatches.
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