In the midst of the cold months, we all start to shiver just thinking about the cost of our heating bills. I know in my family (and many others, I’m sure), this is a frequent topic of conversation with the goal of keeping costs from spiraling out of control. However, if you feel like you’ve done all you can to keep your heating bills from spiking, but with no success, it may be time to think about switching your fuel source. You need to do your homework before you act-namely, comparing fuel costs. David Popoff, an agent at William Raveis Darien, provides a great resource below to help you in your fuel searching process. You can read more about the real estate market and maintaining your home on David’s blog.
When comparing heating fuel there are different calculations that must be taken into account so as to be comparing apples to apples. BuildingGreen.com has taken the hard work out of this and provided and application calculator to compare fuel costs for your home. The calculator takes into account such items as:
Heating value per unit of fuel. ~ A gallon of oil will produce 0.15 million BTUs verses a gallon of propane at 0.091 million BTUs, that is 40% less BTUs’ of heat.
Efficiency of Combustion ~ How efficient is your boiler/furnace?
Efficiency of Distribution ~ How efficient is your distribution, forced hot air, hot water pipes?
The Heating Fuel Cost Calculator takes all this into account, click here to check it out. This tool will really help you out when you’re making decisions on how to heat your home this winter.