Results of research on rising home heating prices by the Union of Concerned Scientists As temperatures fall this winter, families across the United States can expect to pay significantly more to heat their homes. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), homes that use natural gas for heat can expect to average an additional $306 per typical-sized household, 41 percent more this winter compared with last year. In some regions, the increase could be as high as 70 percent. This coming winter, average heating expenses are nearly 80 percent greater than the previous five-year average, costing homeowners an additional $462 for the season.