20 Priciest PlacesTo Heat Your Home
Are you ready to enjoy the fall season of moderate weather and lower energy bills? Not so fast. Colder weather is fast approaching, and with it the high cost of heating.A Long Winter Ahead ...
Based on a Forbes.com study, nowhere will winter's heating bills be felt more than in these 20 places. Click through our gallery to see where.
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Average heating cost: $1,635.94No. 1: Boston
Combine the cold weather of the Northeast with the nation's highest share of homes that use heating oil, and it's easy to see why Boston tops this list. As the price of oil continues to rise, it's hard to imagine relief coming anytime soon.
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Average heating cost: $1,618.27No. 2: Buffalo, N.Y.
Winters in Buffalo are cold; there's no way around it. Costs for heating a home in the city are higher than you might expect based on the share of the more energy-efficient, natural gas-heated homes, yet the local price of natural gas is much higher than elsewhere in the country, keeping the city's overall heating bill high.
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Average heating cost: $1,475.11No. 3: Minneapolis
Based on projected weather patterns and forecasts, Minneapolis residents are expected to use the most energy of any city measured to heat their homes during the winter. Fortunately, natural gas is relatively cheap and the vast majority of residents use it.
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Average heating cost: $1,461.11No. 4: Washington, D.C.
Coming in fourth, despite a score on the heating degree days index that's about half that of Minneapolis, the District has a startlingly high share of homes using electric heat to warm their homes, the least efficient form of heating on a cost basis. Nearby Baltimore suffers the same.
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Average heating cost: $1,370.12No. 5: Philadelphia
More of the same for the East Coast. High-priced utilities and a large number of homes that depend on heating oil drive up the price of heating in what can be a very cold city. A high share of natural gas users keeps prices a bit lower than some regional counterparts.
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