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Current Annual Average Heating Fuel Costs   
I'm sure the first thing you noticed is the huge difference in annual heating costs
between a tuned up furnace running at 80% efficiency and a neglected or worn out
furnace operating at only 65%.

If you don't know the efficiency of your heating plant, call the folks who service it to find
out how efficient it's running. If your furnace or boiler hasn't been given the once-over
in a while, now would be the perfect time to find out how efficiently your heating dollars
are being spent.

Generally speaking, if your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old you should
consider replacing it with one of the newer high efficency units. If you have yet to take
advantage of the Federal incentives for energy efficient appliances you are still elegible
for up to $500 in tax credits.

* Fuel costs per unit are taken from the
Fuel Comparison Chart on this site.
** Fuel Consumed is based on 90 Mil BTU; the approximate number of BTUs needed to
heat a 1,800 -2,000 sq. ft. home for one heating season in the Northeast including hot
water. The exceptions to this are corn, wood, and wood pellet
stoves which provide
supplemental heat and no hot water.
 
Heating System
Efficiency
Annual Cost
Cost Per Unit*
2013 - 2014
Fuel
Consumed**
 
Electric Furnace
100%
$3,289
$0.157/kWh
20,950 kWh
 
Air to Air Electric Heat
Pump
200%
$1,649
$0.157/kWh
10,500 kWh
 
Geothermal Heat Pump
300%
$1,099
$0.157/kWh
7,000 kWh
 
Corn Stove (bagged corn)
80%
$ 900
$300/ton
3 tons/107 bu
 
Wood Pellet Stove
80%
$   837
$279/ton
3 tons
 
Natural Gas Furnace
90%
$1,296
$1.63/therm
795 therms
 
Natural Gas Furnace
80%
$1,459
$1.63/therm
895 therms
 
Natural Gas Furnace
65%
$1,793
$1.63/therm
1,100 therms
 
Propane Furnace
90%
$2,951
$3.40/gal
868 gal
 
Propane Furnace
80%
$3,322
$3.40/gal
977 gal
 
Propane Furnace
65%
$4,087
$3.40/gal
1,202 gal
 
Oil Furnace
80%
$2,620
$4.03/gal
650 gal
 
Oil Furnace
65%
$3,168
$4.03/gal
786 gal
 
Kerosene Portable Heater
95%
$2,398
$4.05/gal
592 gal
 
Wood Stove
60%
$1,500
$250/cord
6 cords
 
Catalytic Wood Stove
75%
$1,250
$250/cord
5 cords
 
Wood Boiler (including
hot water)
60%
$3,375
$250/cord
13.5 cords