A New Year’s Resolution for Homeowners: Maximize Natural Gas Savings with Energy Efficiency

A New Year’s Resolution for Homeowners: Maximize Natural Gas Savings with Energy Efficiency

While natural gas continues to be an affordable fuel source, customers can act on this resolution and increase their savings by committing to energy efficiency. Below are some tips for customers using natural gas to heat their homes and water.

Heat your Home Efficiently:

  • Set your thermostat 3°C lower while you’re asleep or away from home
  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures according to your schedule
  • Keep curtains and furniture from blocking your heating vents
  • Vacuum dust and pet hair out of your warm air registers and cold air returns and make sure that the dampers are open
  • Open blinds and curtains during the day to let the sun warm your home and close them at night to keep heat inside

Heat your Water Efficiently:

  • Fix dripping hot water faucets right away
  • Avoid running your water continuously while washing dishes by hand
  • Wait until your dishwasher is full, and use the energy-saving cycle
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath
  • Check the manual for your water heater model, many of them suggest that you drain about four litres of water from the valve at the bottom of your tank to remove any sediment that can gradually build up and reduce efficiency
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