Natural gas furnaces, boilers and other appliances like water heaters, clothes dryers and ranges offer a higher efficiency and better value alternative to electric, oil or propane options. In addition to saving you money and making your home warm and cozy, natural gas is also the cleanest burning fossil fuel and is less harmful to the environment than oil, propane, wood or even electricity – which is produced from a fossil fuel. Please review the information below for helpful hints on natural gas usage.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperature levels each day, especially when no one is home.
- Replace your furnace filter at the beginning of the heating season and check monthly and clean if necessary during the heating season.
- Keep draperies and shades open on sunny days and draperies and shades closed on cloudy and/or very cold windy days.
- Have your heating system cleaned and checked regularly.
- Turn hot water heater to 120 degrees to save energy.
- Do not let the hot water run when you wash dishes or shave.
- Low flow showerheads can reduce your hot water energy usage.
- Wait for full laundry loads rather than washing multiple smaller loads. You’ll save water, detergent and energy.
- Clean the lint filter after every laundry load.
- Make sure the dryer is properly vented and free of any obstructions.
- Put your pots and pans on the correct-sized burners. Energy is lost up the sides of small pots and pans placed on large burners, and adds unnecessary heat to the kitchen.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking to reduce the amount of heat needed.