New England Electricity Costs Are on the Rise — How to Reduce Usage While Staying Comfortable

saving electricityHomeowners and businesses in New England are facing higher-than-ever electricity prices in 2014 and 2015, with increases of up to 50 percent expected in many areas.

These hikes in electricity prices are driven by the region’s greater reliance on natural gas to fuel electricity-generating power plants. While there are several plants in operation and more under construction, there are not enough supply pipelines available to provide the amount of natural gas needed to meet demand.

In addition, winter heating using natural gas reduces the supply of gas available to electric utility companies.

With significant price hikes on the horizon, there are a few things you can do to save electricity while keeping your home warm and comfortable:

  • Change air filters: Clean air filters help your heating system operate at its most effective and efficient level.
  • Schedule preventive maintenance: A preventive maintenance inspection and tune-up for your heating system will reduce the amount of energy it needs while boosting performance and efficiency.
  • Seal your home: Seal air leaks and areas where warm air can escape and cold air can get in. Put weatherstripping around doors and windows. Caulk around door and window frames and casings. Seal gaps, holes, and cracks in the walls, foundations, and structure of your home. Seal and insulate HVAC system ductwork.
  • Unplug electrical and electronic devices: Many devices use a small amount of electricity when plugged in, even when turned off. Unplug computers, appliances, video and audio systems, and other electronics to stop this consumption of stand-by power.
  • Use a programmable thermostat: Programmable thermostats can save 10 percent or more on energy costs by using temperature set-points to reduce heating system operation when you are away during the day.

Contact Sage Builders, LLC today for more information how to save electricity and reduce heating costs this winter.

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