Keep the Cold Out
- Seal leaks around doors, windows, and pipes with caulking or weather stripping.
- Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use.
- Keep closet doors and cabinets closed, and make sure they fit snugly.
Keep the Heat In
- Check the furnace filter once a month during heating season.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Set registers to direct warm airflow across the floor.
- Remove dust and lint from registers, vents and baseboard heaters.
- Check attic and basement for proper insulation.
- Use kitchen and bath ventilating fans sparingly.
- Use draperies, blinds or shutters on all windows.
- Keep window coverings open on sunny days to let warmth in, and close coverings at night to keep warmth in.
- Use a humidifier.
Conserve Hot Water
- Install a water heater blanket if your water heater is over 10 years old.
- Turn the thermostat on your water heater down to 120 degrees.
- Install water flow restrictors on shower heads and faucets.
- Operate washers and dishwashers with only full loads.
- Take shorter showers.
- Buy a new, efficient water heater.
- Look for the Energy Guide label on appliances and compare energy usage before you buy.
In the five short videos below, Carter Oosterhouse highlights the enhanced comfort and environmental advantages of natural gas living. Click on a video link to learn more about his natural gas conservation tips.
Saving energy heating in your home
- Choose a natural gas furnace
- Add extra insulation to walls and attic
- Add weather stripping around doors and windows
- Install a programmable thermostat
Saving energy and water in the kitchen
- Choose natural gas to reduce your home's carbon footprint
- Use a lid to boil
- Match pan to variable sized burners
Saving energy and water in your home
- Choose a natural gas water heater
- Set water heater to 130 degrees
- Install water heater near point of use
Saving energy washing and drying
- Choose a high efficiency washer and natural gas dryer
- Wash full loads in cold water
- Adjust water level for partial loads
- Clean lint filter after every use
- Check vent 3 to 6 months
Saving energy enjoying the outdoors
- Choose natural gas for outdoor living
- Cook outdoors and give your kitchen a break
- Grill outdoors and give your cooling system a break
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