Energy Saving Tips
Energy Conservation Tips
For our residential customers, conserve energy use with these tips:
- Keep warm, not hot : When possible wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
- Seal leaks around doors and windows: Apply weather-stripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss. If that is not an option, you can also cover windows with towels, sheets or plastic to help keep the warm air in your house.
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater: Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the “warm” setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position for even more savings.
- Close blinds and curtains: This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.
- Change or clean filters: A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
- Hold off on doing chores: Doing laundry and washing dishes can both use natural gas to heat the water and your dryer. If you can, wait until the extreme cold weather passes to complete these activities. If you cannot wait, use the cold setting where possible.
- Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets: Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10% of your home’s energy loss.
It is important for you to remember that in addition to gas costs, weather dramatically affects natural gas bills.
When temperatures drop, you use more fuel to heat your home and business, and energy conservation becomes very important.
By following a few easy tips, you can save money on your gas bill:
- Read your gas meter and monitor your gas usage.
- By reading the meter, you can gauge how fast you are using gas and can make adjustments to stay within budget.
- Keep a log of your weekly consumption.
- Adjust your gas usage. For example, if halfway into the month you are nearing your budget limit for gas, you can experiment with lower gas heating thermostat settings to see if comfort is adequate while reducing gas usage.
- Have your gas furnace cleaned and serviced by a professional for greater efficiency.
- Clean or replace air filters on heating or cooling systems.
- Set back your thermostat by 5 or 10 degrees when sleeping or when your house is empty for four hours or longer.
- Set the thermostat control setting for your furnace no higher than 68 degrees F during the heating season.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees F or to the “warm” setting.
- Set your water heater temperature control to the pilot position when your home is vacant for two days or longer.
- Place nonflammable insulation or nonflammable pliable materials in gaps around pipes, ducts, fans or other items that enter the attic or basement from a conditioned space.
- Close dampers on unused fireplaces. If not used for long periods, add insulating material around perimeter of damper.
- Add insulation to attic or basement doors or access panels.
- Caulk or tape any leak in ductwork of cooling or heating systems.
- Tighten or plug leaking joints in hot water or steam pipes.
- Raise shades to allow sunlight to enter your home during the day.
- Close shades on overcast days and at night when no warm sunlight is shining.