Heating bills got you overheated?

Real Estate Agent with COMPASS RE See Skills

If you heat your home with natural gas in the greater Philadelphia area, you’ve probably noticed your heating bill has gone up recently. You’re not imagining things. In fact, PECO’s rate increase went into effect on 1/1/23, and it’s estimated that the average residential customer would see an increase of about 9%. Doesn’t sound like much, but in light of inflationary creep elsewhere, every little bit adds up.

The good news is you can do more than just lowering your thermostat and wearing extra layers around the house. Local utilities like PECO and Delmarva Power offer home energy assessment options for your home for a nominal cost, although some homeowners may qualify for a free assessment.

We scheduled one a few weeks ago and were surprised at how easy some of the recommendations were. A simple tube of caulk around doors and windows, replacing some frayed or compressed weather stripping around exterior doors, outlet insulation pads, sealing joints in ductwork. It all adds up to make your home more energy efficient, and reduce heat loss.

It all goes to show that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your home more efficient. By the way, the assessor also replaced every one of our incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs for free, which are 90% more efficient than incandescent. So that certainly help offset the cost of the assessment itself. Check with PECO, Delmarva Power or your local utility to schedule your home assessment and start saving on those energy bills!

Comments (6)

faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Great tips can make a difference!

The U.S. has very large natural gas reserves. This is ridiculous.

Jan 28, 2023 07:02 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

We can only control what we can control.

Jan 28, 2023 11:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie and Carmine - this post reminds me of a quote attributed to Ben Franklin - watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.  While utility bills (or much else) cannot be compared to loose coinage of any sort, small changes can have a bigger impact.  

Jan 28, 2023 07:28 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

Great reference

Jan 28, 2023 11:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

All the necessities are too expensive right now, heating, groceries, gas, list goes on and on!

Jan 28, 2023 07:32 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

This is true, although minor changes can make your home feel cozier, make your HVAC system work less, and reduce energy usage.

Jan 28, 2023 11:20 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Families on the move will appreciate your local real estate expertise. Bill

Jan 28, 2023 11:28 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

Thanks, Bill!

Jan 28, 2023 10:13 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Carmine & Debbie Rauso thank you for the very valuable report on the latest heating bills.

Jan 28, 2023 11:31 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

Thanks for reading, John

Jan 28, 2023 01:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, love the tips, Carmine & Debbie. I do need to look into those outlet sealers. You're so right, it does add up and we should do what we can to keep costs down in these inflationary times.

Jan 29, 2023 02:10 PM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

After all this time in the industry, I hadn’t ever heard of them either,until we had an energy assessment done at the house.

Jan 29, 2023 03:00 PM