According to the US Department of Energy, home heating typically makes up about 42% of your home utility bill and about 40% of energy costs for the average commercial building are spent on heating, cooling and ventilation.
Whether you currently heat your home or business with electric, natural gas, oil, propane or another fuel source, researching all your options before making any change to your main source of energy is an important place to begin.
Below you will find helpful information to help guide you with your research on various energy options as well as other resources to help you save energy no matter what your energy source is:
Solar: Visit NYSERDA to learn more about solar energy.
Heat Pumps: Visit NYSERDA to learn more about Heating & Cooling Systems. Also check out the NYS Clean Heat Rebate Program for facts, resources and available rebates.
Clean Energy Options: Interested in learning more about clean energy options? The U.S. Dept. of Energy has information on energy options such as solar, wind, geothermal and more.
Energy Cost Calculator: Explore our energy cost calculator where you can gauge current heating costs for natural gas, oil and propane.
ENERGY STAR®: No matter what kind of energy source or heating system you currently have, you can also start saving money and increasing your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. Visit EnergyStar.gov to learn how.
Energy Efficiency: An energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as combining it with a whole-house or whole-business approach. Check out our energy efficiency and incentive programs for residential, small business and commercial and industrial customers:
- Residential Customers: Visit our online store RGE Smart Solutions where you will find energy-efficient lighting, smart thermostats, water-saving solutions, power strips, air filters, smart home devices and electric vehicle chargers. And many are offered with special discounted pricing and instant rebates!
- Small Business Customers: Eligible small businesses will receive free energy assessments, and up to 70% of the cost of recommended equipment upgrades will be covered through our Small Business Direct Install Program.
- Commercial & Industrial Rebate Program: Eligible businesses that do not fit the small business category may be eligible for available rebate programs to supplement energy efficiency or upgrade projects following pre-approval.
- Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program: Our Multifamily Energy Efficiency program delivers electric and natural gas energy savings by providing low to no cost equipment upgrades in apartment and condominium complexes beginning with a free energy assessment.
*All programs listed above are subject to funding availability and change at any time without prior notice.
For a full list of our available programs, rebates and incentives, visit our Smart Energy page.
Heating Options Frequently Asked Questions
No. All fuel costs are subject to change for many reasons including supply, demand and world politics.
No. All fuel costs are subject to change for many reasons including supply, demand and world politics
Examples include energy-efficient heat pumps, thermal storage, baseboard, decorative fireplaces and a variety of portable space heaters.
Heating contractors, electricians, electric supply houses and home stores are good sources of information.
Natural gas is often the lowest cost fuel; before you decide to use electric heat, compare the cost of natural gas in your area with the cost of electricity. With any heating choice you make, always consider what fuels are available, what their price is and what their past price volatility has been before making your choice.