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U.S. households forecast to use more energy to heat this winter

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 08:34

The rising costs of gas and oil have led many people in North America to alter the way that they handle certain day-to-day tasks, as there is often an adjustment made to limit energy use to limit the amount that one pays on monthly bills or at the pump.
The use of certain technology, like a radiant heating system in a home, can help to reign in these costs, as it is a much more efficient product than a conventional heating system.
Efficient products are going to be especially important this winter, as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a forecast that noted U.S. households would likely use more heating fuels this winter compared to the previous year.
According to a release from the agency, the average household is expected to use a significant amount of heating fuel this winter, as temperatures are forecast to drop to levels much lower than the previous year.
The EIA forecasted that the above-normal temperatures that were seen across the U.S. last winter are not expected to continue this year, and the drop will lead to a rise in the number of days that people will need to run their heating systems.
Household natural gas heating demand this winter - the EIA defines this as October through March - is expected to be up nearly 14 percent, heating oil use is forecast to rise 17 percent, electricity roughly 8 percent and propane up 17 percent, according to the EIA's Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook.
Since people in warmer climates have advance notice about the drop in temperature, it may benefit them to install technology and products that help to reduce energy use.