Why is my bill higher in cold weather?

We’ve received many questions over the years about why our customers have higher heating bills in the winter (compared to their cooling bills in the summer). You may have asked this, or just wondered, but either way, we’re here to answer it for you.

Why is my bill higher in cold weather?

Heat Loss

Often times, homes are not insulated to keep heat in well, meaning that their furnace is not only battling the cold weather outside, but also fighting with your home to keep that warm - consistent temp - inside. When’s the last time you had your heat loss checked?  


During the winter months, homes tend to use more space heaters, electric furnaces, heat pumps, and other electric-generated items (simply due to being inside often). Like many Minnesotans, you may be simply spending more time “staying warm” inside.  

Natural Gas

Some studies suggest that a heating system uses an average of 60% of a home’s energy. Although you may not be using 60% of your home’s energy, you’re definitely using more natural gas than in the summer. This natural gas usage has a lot to do with your heating bill being higher than your cooling bill in the summer.

It’s important to note that no home is the same. Depending on your location, home layout, and furnace type, your bill may be higher or lower than the average. If you’re looking for an assessment to see if your bill is “too high,” give our team a shout.

We’d love to setup a consultation to see if there are some ways we can lower your home’s heating bill. In the meantime, check out this blog post that will give you a few ideas where to start!

- A R Engh Team