With Gas Prices on the Rise How Can You Save Money This Winter?

October 24, 2005 -- Posted at 6:31 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- As temperatures begin to get cooler, many of us are turning on our heaters for the first time, and for those with natural gas heat, the price for a warm home is going up.  Because natural gas prices are expected to go up, many are looking for ways to save money on our energy costs.  There are some good alternatives to gas heat including electric heating systems and wood burning stoves.  “If you don't want to pay the gas prices it's another route to go.  Wood's easy to come by.  Stick it in your house put the pipes on and run it through the roof and put the wood in and you're ready to go,” said T.L. Davis of Lowe’s.  


Using a wood burning stove to heat your home is pretty inexpensive.  A rick of wood usually runs between 40 to 50 dollars.  “Many people are buying wood stoves,” said Davis, “But a lot of people are going to electric heat.  We can't even keep electric heaters in stock.” 


It seems homeowners would rather spend more money on a new heating system than pay the higher prices for natural gas.  Billy Ellerbrook of AirPro said, “Many of our customers are already switching to a heat pump system which is all electric, or what you call a dual fuel heat pump where you have gas as your backup.”  


No matter what you choose to purchase, making sure you keep your system maintained can save you money in the long run.  “Check the filters once a month, make sure the filters are kept clean,” said Ellerbrook, “Have a good inspection.”