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No fuelin’: National Grid Raised Heating Bills By Over 100% As Natural Gas Prices Are Going Up

How to Handle Winter Natural Gas Price Increase

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Grab an extra blanket…toss another log on the fire, grab that hot cocoa. Winter is here and the price of energy rose by 108%. Natural gas prices are through the roof!

Most recently, oil prices are surging above $100 a barrel [1] which is the highest price since 2014. This is bad news for your heating bill, as prices will likely keep climbing. Meanwhile, electricity costs in New England continue to trend upward [2].

It’s no secret that this winter has been COLD.  We are already into the predicted Farmer’s Almanac, the season of shivers [3] and National Grid announced a rate increase on September 1, 2021. Each month they kept rising and from September 1 to December 1, the overall therm rate increase is 108% …crazy! Please read below.

Here are actual bills showing the National Grid energy bill increase starting at 22%. “For gas consumption from September 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021,  the Gas Supply Charge has increased from last month’s charge of $.3895 per therm to $.4758 per therm.”

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Then the November bill increased by 71%! “For gas consumption from November 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 the Gas Supply Charge has increased from last month’s (October 2021) charge of $.44758 per therm to $.7282 per therm.”

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Then I opened my National Grid December bill this morning thinking it can’t get any worse and increased again!  If you start with the original therm rate of .3895 with the last therm rate for December’s invoice of .8114 that is an overall 108% rate increase. No wonder they keep this in fine print but I am sure you are all feeling it when you see your bill!

national grid December bill

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Winter Weather Prediction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Winter Outlook for 2021-2022 is forecasting that temperatures will be colder along with three winter whopper snowstorms heading our way! We’ve already experienced 2 out of 3 as of February 2022.

What Can I Do To Keep My Energy Bills Low? 

With national gas prices going up, it is more important than ever to consider the energy efficiency of your home. This means paying attention to every detail from the thermostat to your home’s thermal envelope [5]. If you are concerned about the natural gas prices increasing, the following advice can help lessen the blow.

Perhaps even more importantly, how do you ensure that your home stays warm this winter season—which is projected to be one of the longest and coldest that New England has seen in years? The key to handling electricity and natural gas bills is by conserving heat. While it will cost more to use natural gas and electricity, keeping the heat contained inside your home can make a world of difference.

This is achieved by installed energy efficient replacement windows, along with other products including vinyl siding, entry doors, and roofing. [6]

Basic Steps to Lowering Winter Energy Costs While Energy Bills Are Skyrocketing over 63% Increase!

Natural Gas Prices Going up: Tackling the INTERIOR 

EXTERIORS

Install Energy Efficient Replacement Windows 

Did you know that drafty windows lose up to 40% of your home’s energy [10]?

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Make Sure Your Windows Have: 

An Energy Crisis is Happening NOW with National Gas Prices Going Up: Book Today [13] for New Windows to Save Money on Energy Bills

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Choose an Insulating Entry Door

Worried about natural gas prices going up? Try this. Entry doors [14] are similar to windows in terms that a tight seal is needed. This is because a drafty door allows energy to escape much faster than you think. If you have a 1/8th-inch gap under a 36-inch exterior door, it’s the same as having a 2.4-inch diameter hole punched in your wall!  [15]

Keep Your Home Cozy with Insulated Vinyl Siding

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Like a warm blanket wrapped around your exterior, insulated vinyl siding [16] will reduce heat transfer through the winter months. Heat tries to escape through the walls via the wood studs of the exterior. This process is blocked when insulated vinyl siding [16] is installed, leaving you with a warmer and more energy-efficient home.

For extra protection against the elements, your siding should also include house wrap [17]. It keeps moisture out of your home in all forms including snow. In addition to providing superior weatherization, it serves as another layer for reducing drafts.

Regulate Indoor Temperatures with Roofing

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Did you know that roofing is an important component for home performance and comfort? A new roof [18] brings a new level of protection to your home and family.

Natural Gas Prices Are Going Up by 108%: Act Now to Keep Energy Bills in Control This Winter!

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We can’t control natural gas or the electricity price spike but we can act now to improve your home’s thermal envelope and prevent energy loss. You’ll also enjoy a warm and comfortable home for many, many winters to come! Contact us now for a free quote by clicking here. [20]