Looking to save energy and reduce your natural gas bills but don’t know where to start? Space heating and water heating together make up 94% of natural gas home energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By focusing on these areas, you can optimize savings and improve comfort.
- Maintain your heating system. Have your furnace inspected by a qualified professional before the start of the heating season, and change your furnace filter regularly according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Install a programmable thermostat and use it. Program it to automatically turn down the heat in your home at night or when you’re away. Newer smart models offer advanced features, such as remote control and self-programming.
- Air seal your home. Check for gaps around windows and exterior doors, as well as any exterior piping or wiring in your basement or attic. Seal with caulk, weatherstripping or expandable foam insulation.
- Check insulation levels. Contact a qualified contractor to ensure that you have adequate levels of insulation in your walls and attic, as recommended for your climate zone.
If your heating system is older or need of repair, consider replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR®-certified model. These are independently tested to be more efficient than standard units.
- Conserve hot water. Take shorter showers and wash only full loads in dishwashers and clothes washers. Cover pots and pans when cooking, or use the microwave to heat foods when possible.
- Go low flow. Water-efficient shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce hot water consumption while still providing a comfortable flow. Look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® label.
- Turn down the water heater. Set your water heater no higher than 120°F. This is warm enough to meet your household needs will help save on water heating costs.
ENERGY STAR-certified gas water heaters are also more efficient than standard models. If you’re looking to replace water-using appliances, ENERGY STAR dishwashers and clothes washers are also energy- and water-efficient.
Natural is a clean-burning, reliable and cost-effective fuel source. By taking steps to use it more efficiently, you’ll be getting even more for your money. If it is time to replace your furnace or water heater, be sure to check out our natural gas appliance rebate program HERE.