"Winter is coming" is not only the popular phrase from the hit television show and novel series "Game of Thrones," but it can serve as a reminder for the coming season for people living in North America. With winter comes wild winds and wet weather that can seemingly suck heat out from residences and drive up utility costs.
Business Week reports that once again energy and utility professionals are warning property owners and renters that heating expenses are increasing for winter 2012-2013. According to the United Stated Energy Information Administration (EIA) households in the United States will spend approximately 19 percent more on average for heating oil and 15 percent more for natural gas from October 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
"It is going to be colder than last year and as a result of that, heating bills are going to be higher," Adam Sieminski, administrator of EIA, told the news source.
The prediction for higher heating bills stems from meteorologist expectations that this winter, temperatures will drop and remain significantly lower in comparison to past years for a prolonged period of time.
"There has been a trend towards warmer weather so if we end up with somewhat above normal temperatures rather than just slightly below, that would reduce fuel oil needs and presumably would lead to better balance in the markets and somewhat lower prices," Sieminski said.
Homeowners interested in decreasing their energy utility costs can retrofit their home with a radiant heating system. The heating system allows warm air to slowly rise from the floor and permeates the entire space, instead of allowing for heat to escape from ineffective vents.
Radiant heating is an energy efficient method of keeping a space warm using less, which can help save homeowners money during cool winter months.