Winter is just around the corner, and keeping warm is expected to really cost homeowners this year. On average, home heating costs are expecte to increase by close to $100. And if you heat your home with oil, you could be dishing out $400 more than you did last year.
Just as heating companies are preparing for the cold, experts say homeowners should be too.
"Now's a good time to do it," said Joe Kruger of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning. "Look around at your house at the levels of insulation."
Experts say it's also good to check the condition of your windows. In particular, look for cracks. But what could have the biggest impact on your bill is the efficiency of your heating unit.
"A simple clean and tune of the system would make a big difference, especially with heating oil," Kruger said.
There are also things you can do when the temperatures drop.
"Turn the thermostat down a little bit, and many times people can get used to lower temperatures," Kruger said.
Experts say it should not have to come to that. As long as you get ready now, you'll be able to keep cool when your first heating bill arrives.