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Did you know? From 1977 to 2009, metro area residents reduced their use of natural gas by 47 percent.
Set your thermostat at 65 degrees in winter. You can lower it another five degrees or so at bedtime, or when you will be away for any length of time.
- Have your heating system and chimney inspected annually by a qualified heating contractor -- it's good maintenance and will help prevent carbon monoxide from escaping into your home.
- Clean or replace furnace filters often.
- Replace an older furnace with a high-efficiency natural gas model. It can lower heating costs as much as 30 percent or more and may pay for itself in energy savings in just a few years.
- Insulate, weather-strip and use storm windows and storm doors. Caulk around doors and windows.
- Consider replacing propane or electric appliances with natural gas appliances for the most efficient and economical energy use. Call 504.7023 to request a personalized home heating cost analysis.
How much will I save?
- Normal temperature setting is 70 degrees. Lower it to 68 degrees. Your gas bill will decrease 6 percent per month during the heating season.
- Normal temperature setting is 70 degrees. Lower it to 67 degrees. Your gas bill will decrease 9 percent per month during the heating season.
- Normal temperature setting is 70 degrees. Lower it to 66 degrees. Your gas bill will decrease 13 percent per month during the heating season.
Check out these site for more energy-saving tips:
- Energy Star Energy-Efficient Appliances (also includes a link to the Home Improvement Tool to do your own energy audit)
- U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse
- Nebraska State Energy Program
- Energy saving tips from the American Gas Association
- Alliance to Save Energy