Trying to put together any semblance of an annual household budget can be challenging. This is especially true for people who are trying to find the fiscal flexibility to make home improvements, purchase a new vehicle, or even take a family vacation. The first step in formulating any such budget is estimating overhead — a significant portion of which is utility costs.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a basic idea of what your average monthly energy bill will be?
Average Monthly Energy Bills in New England
Here’s some information which may be of use to you. The U.S. Census Bureau has put together an average monthly energy bill by state from the data compiled for 2011. Since these figures are averages for all types of homes, it’s important to keep in mind that smaller residences (like one-bedroom apartments) will pay less than the average, while larger ones (like multi-bedroom, single-family houses) will pay more. This table was also broken out by month, based on the portion of annual energy expenses that are incurred during a given month of the year.
With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of monthly energy costs for New England and some individual states:
Click here to download the XLS file AvgMonthlyEnergyBillsNE.xls.
Winter = Higher Energy Costs
You’ll notice that typical monthly bills are higher during the winter months; in fact, the typical homeowner pays 48 percent of his or her annual energy costs during November, December, January, and February. Some of the reasons for this include:
- increased heater and fireplace usage to warm the home
- increased hot water heater usage for warm showers and baths
- more instances of cooking indoors because of inclement weather and holidays
- more loads of laundry because people wear more clothing to keep warm
- more hours of light usage due to fewer daylight hours where natural light is sufficient
How to Reduce Energy Costs Homeowners who want to minimize their energy usage (especially during the winter) would benefit from what is called a home energy audit. This procedure involves a thorough inspection of your home and a list of findings and recommendations relating to its energy efficiency.
Moonworks will come to your home in New England and conduct a comprehensive energy audit absolutely free. Also, Moonworks can take care of many of the recommended repairs or upgrades which might be revealed in your home audit. For more information on a FREE home energy audit, call 1-800-975-6666, or fill out the form to the right of the page.