The average monthly natural gas bill for Indiana homeowners is presently $68 per month, which is slightly higher than the monthly national average gas bill of $59. If forecasts by industry analysts are correct, the winter of 2021-2022 may well bring increases in natural gas prices to most regions of the country. It’s more important than ever to know your average gas bill in winter and how it compares to the current standard, then take appropriate measures to reduce costs where possible.
Here are some steps to keep your average gas bill in winter as low as possible, even if overall rates increase:
- Schedule annual furnace preventive maintenance. This procedure by a certified HVAC technician ensures that the unit is operating up to manufacturer’s standards for energy efficiency and reliability. It also includes critical tests to verify safe furnace operation.
- Upgrade on time. If your gas furnace is approaching the end of its typical 15-to-20-year expected service life, consider upgrading now to a new, more efficient unit. A newer model with more advanced technology can deliver a lower average gas bill in winter and more effective heating performance.
- Air-seal the house. Heat naturally escapes from a house into the colder zone outdoors through structural leaks and gaps. Renew worn weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows to stop heat loss. Also seal openings around ceiling-light fixtures and down where the baseboard meets the floor.
- Check attic insulation. Because heat naturally rises, attic insulation is vital to prevent heat loss and keep the home warm in winter. Many houses constructed during eras of cheaper energy are underinsulated by today’s standards. Make sure you have adequate insulation installed up in the attic. For a quick, at-a-glance estimate, check to see that fiberglass or blown-in cellulose insulation is at least deep enough to cover the tops of the horizontal attic joists.
For professional advice to keep your average gas bill in winter as low as possible, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.