With Massachusetts gas and electric rates set to rise, there are some ways you can lower your bill.

BOSTON – With electricity and heating costs on the rise this fall and winter, there are some tips to help lower your bill.

According to Massachusetts National Grid, in total, 600 kW. A typical residential electric customer’s monthly bill for hourly usage will increase from $179 in winter 2021-2022 to $293 in winter 2022-2023, or a 64 percent increase. , driven by high electricity supply prices. National Grid moves from summer to winter prices every year on November 1, according to their control schedule. Winter prices are traditionally higher than summer, when demand for natural gas is high.

“National Grid purchases electricity from the wholesale market on behalf of its customers through a regulatory process established 20 years ago. That process has served customers well over the years and provides flexibility for unexpected events, such as limited supplier response to inquiries. But things have changed fundamentally,” said Burt. “Today, in a sustainable market price environment, it is challenging to maintain affordable prices. From this point of view, we think it is a good time to work together with our regulators and other stakeholders to evaluate the process and electricity supply dynamics in the region by reducing the price volatility in the region and maintaining a safe, secure and resilient energy system. “

As with electricity, National Grid adjusts its natural gas rates on November 1 and May 1 to reflect seasonal variations in natural gas prices. Similar to electricity, National Grid says they do not profit from gas supply costs; Instead, customers pay what they pay for natural gas supplies. The company has a proposal pending with the Department of Public Utilities that would bring the average Boston gas home heating customer’s monthly bill to $278 per month using 115 therms per month, a $50, or 22 percent, increase over last summer’s rate. For an average Colonial gas home heating customer with 107 thermos per month, the typical bill would be $241, an increase of $47, or 24 percent, compared to last winter’s price.

Here are some tips, courtesy of the City of Boston, to lower your energy bill in the coming months.

Save on electricity

Unplug all electronics when not in use. Keep your fridge coils clean so it doesn’t work overtime. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.

Replacing light bulbs with fluorescent ones. This can save up to $40 over the life of the bulb.

Consider using a toaster oven instead of a regular one.

Save on water

Only wash full loads. Also, drying food yourself cuts energy use in half. In the same way, wash only full laundry.

Heating water accounts for 15 percent of a home’s energy use, so install low-flow shower heads and adjust water drains.

Heating costs

Programmable thermostats can save up to $100 a year on heating and cooling costs. Keep your temperature at 68 degrees and lower it at night if you can.

Set your water heater between 110-120 degrees. Cover it in an insulating blanket to keep warm.

Don’t forget to put your storm windows in when it gets cold. Never block radiators or heating vents. Make sure the air vents are clean of dust.

Massachusetts has ways to get a discount or lower your bill if you have low income.

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