Step 1 – Understand your fuel costs

The Vermont Public Service Department surveys the price of heating fuels across Vermont and publishes a monthly Vermont Fuel Price Report. You can use the report to track price fluctuations across fuel types. The report also compares the efficiency of different fuels: electricity, wood, fossil fuels, and others. It converts the energy of each fuel into MMBtu (a standardized unit of energy) for an apples-to-apples comparison of efficiency and cost.

Step 2 – Get the best price

Explore your options—fuel cost per gallon varies widely across Vermont, and many fuel companies offer pre-buying or locked-in pricing. There are also co-op or fuel-buying groups that use collective buying power to negotiate discounts on fuel, service, and heating equipment. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association website is a good place to begin your search for the best price. You may also qualify for heating assistance from the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program.

Step 3 – Maintain and care for your heating system

To extend the life of your heating system, we recommend a yearly tune-up or chimney cleaning. This ensures efficient operation and prevents health or safety issues. And if you’re in the market for a new system, size it properly for your home and choose one with a high efficiency rating. See our heating system rebates for more information.

Step 4 – Air-seal and insulate

Fuel price isn’t the only factor in heating costs: Consider the number of occupants, energy-use habits, the size of your house, and, most important, air leaks. You can eliminate those drafts with good air sealing, and raise your home’s efficiency by 10–15% with more and better insulation. Proper ventilation of combustion appliances and heating systems will help them run more efficiently, and also keep you safe. To learn more, consider a home energy assessment.

For more ways to reduce your heating costs, or to start a home energy project, contact our customer support team.