Prepare Your Home for the Heating Season
Care should be taken that nothing obstructs a heater’s air intake and that vents and flues are intact and unblocked to avoid the potential of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Texas Gas Service recommends customers have a qualified contractor inspect heating and cooling equipment annually and also install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, leave the area immediately and call 911. Read these helpful tips for avoiding CO in your home.
Save Energy and Money
In spite of the cold, customers can reduce the impact of the weather on their bills with some common-sense conservation steps:
- Make sure heaters are properly adjusted and running with clean filters.
- Add weather-stripping and seal windows and doors.
- Consider lowering the thermostat at night.
- Seal off unused rooms to prevent unnecessary heating.
You may also sign up for the Average Bill Calculation (ABC) Plan, which reduces the fluctuations in your bill amount each month by spreading your natural gas expenses throughout the year.