Natural Gas Saving Tips 
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Do you use natural gas in your home for heating, hot water, cooking, drying, and other uses? Would you like that monthly bill to be less? Follow the tips on this page and visit our links.
 
Heating Tips
1. Lower your thermostat. Lowering the thermostat by as little as 1°F can make a difference. A thermostat setting of 68°F is often recommended.
2. Switch to a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat automatically lowers the temperature when no one is home, as well as overnight. This could save you as much as 20% on heating costs.
3. Tune up your heating system. Have your heating system tuned and inspected by a service professional annually.
4. Clean your furnace filter monthly. A clean filter helps your furnace run more efficiently.
5. Keep doors closed. Minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed.
6. Seal ducts properly. Leaks can develop in air ducts over time. Sealing these leaks can reduce heating costs.
7. Use curtains and blinds wisely. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let in the heat from the sun. Close them at night to retain heat.
8. Don't send heat up the chimney. Make sure your fireplace flue is closed when you are not using it.
9. Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans set at slow speed push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room making you feel more comfortable.
10. Insulate your attic. Make sure your attic is properly insulated. Adding fiberglass insulation in your attic is one of the most cost-effective savings measures and one you can do yourself.
11. Seal windows. Seal windows with caulk or weatherstripping.
12. Add storm windows. If your home is equipped with single-pane windows, adding storm windows can improve energy efficiency greatly.
 
 
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