As the winter season begins, our customers often come to us looking for the best way to keep their natural gas costs down. We are prepared every year to provide our customers with tips to do just that. Here are a handful of ways you can potentially cut your natural gas usage during the winter months.
1.) Invest in a programmable thermostat. The majority of programmable thermostats allow you to set multiple time frames and temperatures to fit your lifestyle. There are even a few that can adapt to those frequent “nudges” that you give the thermostat to take the chill off and automatically change their programming to fit. Avoid changing the temperatures once you have it programmed to avoid unnecessary increases in your natural gas usage.
2.) Avoid large swings in temperature. Avoid raising or lowering the temperature settings more than 5-8 degrees in a daily period to save on natural gas usage. The only exception should be when you are not at home for an extended period of time when you can set it at a lower temperature than normal. Large swings in temperature can cause your unit to work harder to heat your home. Remember, you are not only heating the air but everything in your home as well.
3.) Change the filter in your furnace or air handler regularly. Most HVAC companies recommend inspecting, cleaning, or replacing the filter every month during the summer and winter seasons. A dirty air filter causes your system to work harder to push the air throughout your home, causing increased energy usage.
4.) Keep windows and doors shut. Another easy way to save on heating costs is to make sure that all windows and doors remain closed. Close blinds or drapes to further decrease the amount of heat loss through your windows.
5.) Wear warm clothes. This is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to lower your energy bills during the winter. Most energy efficiency websites recommend a maximum heating temperature setting of less than 70 degrees. For those of you who feel cold at temperatures below 70 degrees, a light jacket, sweat shirt, or long sleeve shirt can help keep you warm without having to raise your thermostat temperature and therefore your natural gas usage.
Though heating bills are ultimately dependent on how cold the winter is, these tips should allow you to save on your natural gas usage. What are some ways you try to save during the colder months?