AUSTIN, Texas – January 3, 2019 – Cold weather is here, which means energy usage for most households will increase during the heating season. Texas Gas Service has simple energy-saving tips to help customers reduce energy use, save money and stay comfortable this winter.
It’s important to remember that weather can dramatically affect the amount of energy a household uses. When temperatures drop, it takes more natural gas to heat your home and business, and energy conservation becomes very important. A few easy steps can help you conserve energy while saving money on your bills.
- Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F or the “warm” setting, and if your home will be vacant for two days or more, set it to the pilot position for even more savings.
- Apply weatherstripping and caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss.
- Lower the temperature on your thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees if your house will be empty for four hours or longer. Each degree saves about 1 percent on your heating costs.
- Install inexpensive foam gaskets to seal electrical switches and outlets, which can account for up to 10 percent of your home’s energy loss.
- Change or clean the filters on your air conditioning and heating units, which can lower your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.
Customers can also reduce the fluctuation of their monthly natural gas bill and budget for energy expenses by enrolling in Texas Gas Service’s Average Bill Calculation Plan. This program reduces the volatility of seasonal energy expenses by spreading out the cost throughout the year based on a residence’s 12-month rolling bill average, which means customers will pay about the same amount each month, regardless of usage.
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