Being cost-conscious doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort, style or the environment - not when it comes to using Natural Gas. With Natural Gas, you'll enjoy precise temperature control in the kitchen, plenty of hot water in the bathroom, and warm heat for a cozy home - all with greater efficiency that saves you money on your energy bill. And when it comes to being earth-friendly, the average Natural Gas home has a 46% smaller carbon footprint than the average all-electric home. Take a look around and see where you might trim energy waste at home, and also consider where Natural Gas appliances may make sense. Peoples Gas offers cash-back allowances when you upgrade or replace inefficient appliances.
- Service heating systems annually and adjust for maximum efficiency.
- Turn thermostat off when home is unoccupied for four hours or more.
- Have your duct system sealed.
- Set thermostats between 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
- Run ceiling fans at low speeds, and set them to rotate clockwise in winter.
- Change or clean HVAC filters monthly and make sure they are installed facing the correct direction (look for directional arrows on the side of the filter).
- Close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire.
- Close shades and drapes at night to keep heat inside during the winter.
- Ensure attic access door closes tightly when located within an air conditioned area.
- Ensure windows and doors are properly weatherstripped.
- Install an energy efficient natural gas furnace or hydro-heat system to ensure a consistent temperature throughout your home. (Cash back rebates from Peoples Gas along with state and federal government incentives can help you start saving right away.)
- Install flow-restricting devices in showers and faucets.
- Lower water heater thermostat settings to 120 degrees F.
- Lower dishwasher thermostat to 140 degrees F.
- Install an insulated water-heater wrap on tank units.
- Turn off your water heater when your home is vacant.
- Drain your tank water heater and flush sediment each year.
- Insulate exposed hot water lines.
- Take showers, not baths.
- Limit shower length to 5 to 7 minutes.
- Fix dripping faucets.
- Install a natural gas tankless water heater that only heats on demand. These units have up to 50 percent higher efficiency than a natural gas tank water heater and are up to 70 percent more efficient than an electric tank unit. (Cash back rebates from Peoples Gas along with state and federal government incentives can help you start saving right away.)
- Run only full loads in your dryer.
- Clean your dryer's lint trap before each load.
- Dry multiple loads back to back.
- Use hot water for only very dirty loads and always use cold water for the rinse cycle.
- Make sure your dryer's vent hose is not kinked or clogged.
- Clean your dryer's air vent every 3 to 6 months.
- If you have a self-cleaning oven, use this feature immediately after cooking when the oven is still hot.
- Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times.
- Fit the pan you use to a similar-sized burner.
- Replace old ranges and stoves with high-efficiency models.
- Keep grease plates under range burners clean to reflect heat more efficiently.
Miscellaneous energy saving tips
Many utilities offer a free energy audit that can identify other ways your home may be wasting valuable energy. An energy audit can add additional information to help you save on your annual energy costs. Some of the suggestions that are often recommended are included in the list below. For more information about energy audit availability, contact your local utility.
- Seal leaks in your attic, basement and fireplace.
- Shade windows or install reflective materials to windows.
- Caulk and/or weather-strip windows and doors.
- Insulate walls, ceilings, and crawl spaces that are opposite unconditioned areas.
- Turn computers and monitors off when not in use (or set power-save options).
- Turn off TVs, radios and stereos when not in use.
- Turn off pool pumps and/or heater when not needed and adjust timer as needed (adjust to operate 8-10 hours in summer and 6-8 hours in winter).
- Insulate electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads.
- Caulk along baseboards with sealant.
- Ensure all new appliances you purchase are approved by ENERGY STAR, a U.S. government program that encourages energy savings through the use of efficient appliances. (Visit energystar.gov for more information.)
For more information: Call 877 TECO-PGS (877-832-6747).