The annual cost of heating a 2200-square-foot existing house is an average energy consumption for various fuel and furnace combinations. The cost of natural gas in an 80 percent furnace is $1215. The cost of natural gas in a 92 percent furnace is $1095. $2185 for oil in a 70% furnace. $2645 for oil in a 92% furnace.
The annual cost of cooling a 2200-square-foot existing house is estimated at $1500 for air conditioners and $750 for window units. This comes to a total of $3,750 for heat and cold.
Heating and cooling account for almost one-third of all household expenses, so it's important to keep those costs down. Here are some ways to do that:
If you can avoid it, don't heat or cool every room of your house. Use these funds instead to improve the insulation in your walls and ceiling or add additional windows to take advantage of better daylighting. These improvements will reduce your need for heating or cooling and therefore save money.
If you must heat or cool a large portion of the house, consider whether an Energy Star product would be worth the extra money. These products meet certain requirements set by the government for efficiency. For example, a product that meets Energy Star cooling standards can be expected to use about 15 percent less energy than similar products that aren't labeled as such.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, heating a house with oil cost an average of $1,700 last winter, while natural gas cost less than $900. The previous year, when oil prices were at their highest, oil heating cost an average of $2,000; natural gas was again at $900. So over time, oil heats your house about as cheaply as natural gas.
The main advantage of oil over gas is its greater fire safety factor. Oil can only be burned in special appliances called "oil burners" that are designed to prevent explosions. Gas can be used in any standard household burner.
Also, oil doesn't emit gases that may cause cancer or other long-term health problems.
Finally, oil is more environmentally friendly than gas. It produces fewer greenhouse gases and thus helps mitigate climate change.
However, oil does emit pollutants into the air, most notably particulate matter (soot). Particulates are very small particles, some even smaller than visible dust particles, that can enter through the lungs and build up over time in the blood, heart, brain, and other organs. Long-term exposure to high levels of particulates can lead to asthma, chronic bronchitis, premature death from cardiovascular disease or lung cancer, among other things. They can also have a negative impact on humans via windblown dispersal or release during storage or transport.
In a warm environment, a 1,500-square-foot residence would require around 1.5 million BTUs of propane fuel each month to heat. Heating the home using propane would cost around $57 per month based on a cost per gallon of $2.86. How much does it cost to heat a 2000-square-foot house using oil in this case? It would require about 17,000 Btu's per hour which would cost about $115 per month.
A cool environment requires about 1,700 Btu's per hour and thus would require about 2.1 million Btu's per month. Using the same size residence as before, we can see that heating or cooling such a house would cost about $71 or $77 per month respectively.
This means that heating or cooling a residence uses about 10% of its total energy budget.
So if you are looking to lower your monthly energy bill, one option is to make sure you're not too hot or cold. If you have central air conditioning, think about switching it off when not needed. The same goes for heat - make sure your furnace is running at full capacity all the time so that you don't need to pay for its use when you aren't even there!
Of course, if you want to cut down on your energy usage further, there are some easy things you can do like adding insulation, installing solar panels or getting a energy efficient heater.
Heating costs might be included in your electric and gas bills, or they can be added to your rent. The average monthly cost of a gas heater is $40. Electricity is more expensive and may cost approximately $160 per month. Electric heaters use less energy than gas heaters but may also be more expensive because you're only heating one room with an electric heater.
Comparing these two types of heaters requires knowing how much electricity each one uses. An electric heater will use up to 15% of the total monthly electricity bill while a gas heater uses about 20%. Heaters that use less electricity pay back their price over time while those that use more spend money now but save down the road. It's important to choose a size appropriate for your home and budget.
Heating your home is one of your biggest expenses each month, so it's important to get a good deal on your heater. Consider all your options before choosing a heater. Do you need space for a wood stove? Can you handle a lot of dust from sandblasting metal heaters? Are flammables in your area dangerous around gas-powered equipment? Only you can answer these questions, but once you have, you'll know what type of heater is right for you.
Don't just go buy any old heater. Think about what you need from a heater and find one that fits those needs.
According to last month's national average natural gas prices, running a furnace for one hour at 75,000–100,000 BTU costs a household $1.12–$1.49 per hour. In comparison, a 30,000 Btu per hour natural gas fireplace costs only 45 cents per hour. Running a heater overnight costs substantially more than running a fireplace - about $3 per hour.
The main advantage of a natural gas fireplace is that it uses less energy than a standard heater. Modern fireplaces can use as little as 20% of the energy of a conventional stove or furnace. However, they still use some energy- Efficient models now on the market may be able to cut that number in half.
Also, natural gas fireplaces can be installed more easily and cost less than heaters. A professional installer can put a natural gas system up in an average home in a few hours and will need to drill one or two new holes into the wall for venting. An electrician must wire the system and this requires knowledge of what will fit through the walls securely enough to support heavy appliances like stoves and fireplaces.
Finally, there is no smell of smoke with a natural gas fireplace. There are several types of fireplaces available, including wood, coal and synthetic fuels such as oil and LPG (gas).
Wood fires are the most popular and also the least efficient type of fireplace.