Energy Efficiency Tips

Energy Conservation Tips

For our residential customers, conserve energy use with these tips:

  • Keep warm, not hot : When possible wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
  • Seal leaks around doors and windows: Apply weather-stripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss. If that is not an option, you can also cover windows with towels, sheets or plastic to help keep the warm air in your house.
  • Reduce the temperature on your water heater: Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the “warm” setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position for even more savings.
  • Close blinds and curtains: This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.
  • Change or clean filters: A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
  • Hold off on doing chores: Doing laundry and washing dishes can both use natural gas to heat the water and your dryer. If you can, wait until the extreme cold weather passes to complete these activities. If you cannot wait, use the cold setting where possible.
  • Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets: Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10% of your home’s energy loss.

It is important to remember that, in addition to natural gas costs, weather can dramatically affect natural gas bills.

When temperatures drop, you use more fuel to heat your home and business, and energy conservation becomes very important. Our tips cover common energy offenders in plumbing, HVAC, insulation, windows, appliances and more to see where your home could get an energy efficiency boost. Read tips on how you can save energy...and money.

Try our Energy Calculators to analyze your home's energy use and compare its efficiency with different energy sources!

To report a natural gas odor or emergency, leave the area immediately and then call 911 and 800-959-5325.