SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – As temperatures continue to drop, many New Yorkers struggle to keep up with winter heating costs. Although the National Grid predicts heating bills in the state to be nearly 20 % lower compared to last season, there are still ways to keep the bills even lower this winter.
Applications for The Home and Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opened Nov. 1, aimed to help low-income people pay costs to keep the heat on in their homes. New York residents can see if they qualify and apply here.
Other ways to keep heating costs down include:
- Setting your thermostat to 68 degrees, according to the Department of Energy.
- Invest in draught-proofing your home.
- Turn down radiators in less-used rooms.
- Consider investing in a “smart” thermostat.