With this winter's heating costs skyrocketing, many Americans are looking for ways to conserve our natural resources. Our tips and QUIZ offer great advice for trimming bills and fuel consumption.
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.
By sealing cracks, holes and drafts, you can make a world of difference in your heating bill. Consider these fixups:
In addition to tightening up your home's exterior, you can also make a difference in energy efficiency with a few interior adjustments: