Where in the US Will Heating Your Home Cost Less This Winter?

ByLucia Caldera
Edited byMegan Hull

Updated: December 1, 2023

ByLucia Caldera
Edited byMegan Hull

Updated: December 1, 2023

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Last winter, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected a steep 28% increase in heating expenditures via natural gas. However, with factors such as a higher-than-average natural gas inventory and a milder-than-anticipated winter on the east coast last year, heating costs for 2023 to 2024 are expected to be significantly less expensive than the previous year.

To explore how natural gas prices could affect U.S. households this winter, MoneyGeek analyzed data from the EIA to find which states are expected to see the largest changes in heating prices this year. We also determined which regions are expected to see the most significant bill decreases since last winter.

  • Nationally, natural gas is expected to cost customers 21% less during winter 2023–2024 than last winter, equating to $22 less monthly.

  • Natural gas customers in the West are projected to see a 29% decrease in their heating bills this year — the highest price decrease of any region.

  • Illinois residents will have the highest heating bill in the U.S. It’ll cost around $133 per month to heat their homes with natural gas.

  • Oklahoma is the only southern state in the 10 most expensive states for winter heating, estimated to cost residents approximately $128 monthly.

States With the Biggest Declines in Winter Heating Costs

Using household data from the recently-released EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey, natural gas consumption figures and average residential prices, MoneyGeek forecasted average heating bills across the U.S. and ranked the states with the highest savings in expected heating bills for winter 2023–2024.

Alaska residents are expected to have the largest savings in heating bills of any state this winter, at an estimated difference of $50 per month. Though the cost of heating will be lowest in the South, nine of the 10 states with the highest savings compared to last winter are located in the West.

15 States With the Biggest Heating Bill Decreases from Winter 22-23 to 23-24

Regions With the Largest Winter Heating Price Decreases

Overall, natural gas customers across the country will see a decline of 21% in their heating costs this winter; however, price increases won't impact every region of the United States equally. Below, MoneyGeek ranked the areas with the highest expected percentage decreases in heating costs this winter, along with the top three most expensive states for heating in each region.

1. The West

With an expected decrease of 29%, the West will experience the highest average reduction in heating costs this winter. When looking at average monthly heating bills per state in this region, the most expensive are Alaska ($120), Colorado ($109) and Wyoming ($104). However, each of these states also has the largest decreases in savings compared to last winter (over $43 monthly).


2. The Midwest

Trailing close behind as the region with the second most significant decrease in heating costs is the Midwest, where residents can expect a price decline of 21% in heating costs this season. How much is the heating bill per month here? In the most expensive state, Illinois, residents can expect to pay $133 per month. Following behind are customers in Ohio, who will likely pay $106; those in Michigan are expected to pay $106 per month. In these states, residents will see the largest savings compared to last winter (over $28 per month).


3. The Northeast

Keeping your home warm will also be 17% less expensive in the Northeast this year. The priciest states for heating in this region are Massachusetts ($116), Connecticut ($113) and New York ($105). However, customers in these states will save $22 or more on average this winter compared to last.


4. The South

Residents in the South will pay 15% less in Winter 2023 than in 2022. The highest heating costs can be found in Oklahoma ($128), Maryland ($98) and North Carolina ($90). However, when comparing average heating expenses between last winter and this upcoming wintertime, the biggest savings are found in these same states, where customers are projected to save over $15 per month on their winter heating bill this year.


The Safety Risks of Using Alternative Heating Methods to Save Money

While alternative heating methods — such as space heaters and fireplaces, are available — the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2022 Home Heating Fires Report warns against the increased dangers and highlights that heating equipment is the leading cause of fires in U.S. homes.


According to the NFPA’s study, stationary or portable space heaters are responsible for 88% of home fire deaths caused by heating equipment. While fires caused by fireplaces or chimneys only account for 6% of home fire deaths, they were responsible for 22% of the property damage caused by heating equipment. Given those findings, the Association’s recommendations are to:

  • Get stationary space heaters, water heaters and central heaters professionally installed in compliance with local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Schedule annual inspections of your heating equipment and chimneys.
  • If you use a portable heater, make sure it is turned off before leaving a room or going to sleep.

Before using alternative heating methods, consider getting help with your heating bill or exploring other ways to save on your heating costs. Some households may qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can help cover some heating costs. Taking steps to winterize your home can also help save on heating costs while minimizing risks.

Exploring these avenues can be especially advantageous when considering that insurance coverage varies when it comes to alternative heating methods. While turning on a space heater or lighting a fire in your fireplace may help you save money on your monthly heating bill, many homeowners may find out too late they are not fully covered in the event of a house fire caused by these sources. Therefore, it’s essential to understand which of the top winter home insurance claims your policy covers. Before using alternative heating methods, learn about the risks and find an affordable renters insurance plan or buy a quality home insurance policy to protect your property in the event of an accident.



MoneyGeek analyzed data from the EIA to estimate how much more natural gas heating will cost around the country this winter (2023–2024) than it did last (2022–2023).

To determine 2022 natural gas heating bills per household, we used gas consumption data and retail prices for residential customers from November 2022.

Our data team utilized the EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook to determine how consumption and prices will change for winter 2023–2024.

MoneyGeek used household data from the 2020 EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) — the latest release — to estimate the number of households using natural gas. We used this figure to help estimate natural gas expenditures per household in each state for 2023–2024.

Limitations: Regional projections for consumption and prices from the EIA were used to generate 2023-2024 figures rather than projections for each state. This methodology reflects the percentage change figures for states in each of those regions.

Full Data Set

The data points presented are defined as follows:

  • Rank: Ranked in order of largest to smallest projected Change in Monthly Cost.
  • Change in Monthly Cost: The difference between the monthly household natural gas bill in winter 2023–2024 and winter 2022–2023.
  • Monthly Natural Gas Bill per Household (2023–2024): Uses EIA Winter Fuels Outlook projections by region — considering increased consumption and prices — to estimate natural gas heating costs per household per month.
  • Monthly Natural Gas Bill per Household (2022–2023): Calculated by multiplying total residential consumption (McF) by residential retail prices from November 2022, divided by the total number of households using natural gas for heating purposes.

About Lucia Caldera

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Lucia Caldera has 10 years of experience in financial planning, managing and advising. As the Founder of Corporate Media Lab, she uses her background in personal finance to create approachable content that sparks financial wellness and unlocks growth for her audience.

Lucia holds a master’s in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a bachelor’s in Economics from Clark University. Her work reflects her passion for financial education as the key to reducing the wealth gap for women and minorities.