Posted by: admin | November 13, 2009

Save on Your Gas Bill This Winter

take a ski vacation with the money you save with IDT EnergyNow you probably know more about natural gas than you ever imagined there was to know. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of saving on your natural gas bill. There are four main actions you can take to lower your gas bill this coming winter.

1. Make sure your boiler and/or furnace is working at its peak efficiency. Change the air filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Check the heat registers in your house so that nothing blocks the heat from entering the house most efficiently. Keep the vents and doors of unused rooms closed so heat is directed only to the places in your home where it’s needed.

2. Don’t dismiss the importance of using a thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you are away, raise it again before you return so the house is already warm and ready for your arrival, and to lower the temperature when you are sleeping at night, but heat up again when you wake up in the morning. If you leave the house for an extended period of time, for a vacation or business trip, lower the thermostat to the bare minimum so your pipes don’t freeze. Compared to the small cost of a thermostat, you will save lots of money on your gas bill.

3. You can save money on heating water, too. Lower the temperature of the hot water to 120° Fahrenheit, hotter than you need but not hot enough to scald you or your children if the hot water is turned on without the cold. This is a common sense safety precaution as well as a good way to save lots of money. Is the outside of your boiler hot to the touch? Then its losing heat and not working at its top efficiency. Wrap it in an insulated blanket to keep in the heat. You can also insulate the hot water pipes to keep the heat where you want it and not lost to the surroundings. Fixing leaky faucets and installing low-flow shower heads can help save water and the cost to heat that water, too. You can save when you run your washing machine, too. Only use it at maximum capacity, and use cold water whenever possible, which is often, and is better for your clothes, too.

4. Check your home for drafts at doors, windows and other joints in your home’s structure. Insulate, caulk, and repair the places where hot air is escaping and cold, outside air is entering. Do you have a fireplace? Make sure the damper and doors are closed after use. Try hanging your clothes to dry instead of using the “gas-guzzling” clothes dryer.

When you replace old appliances, be sure to purchase products that have earned an Energy Star.

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