"Not only do you save money when you choose natural gas, but you help preserve the environment. Unlike other fossil fuels, natural gas is clean-burning and emits lower levels of potentially harmful byproducts into the air." - Cited from the Natural Gas website.
The U.S. Department of Energy agrees, stating in its website that "Natural gas is a domestically available, inherently clean-burning fuel."
Energy Saving Tips
Little changes can add up to big savings when it comes to natural gas. Here are a few tips:
- Seal doors, windows and other openings with caulk or weather-stripping to save as much as 10% on your bill. Common culprits are floors, walls, ceilings, electric outlets, fireplaces, windows, ducts, doors, fans
- Dress for the weather and use extra blankets in the winter. Then set thermostats to between 65 and 70 degrees in the winter and 75 and 77 degrees in the summer.
- Programmable thermostats can cut annual bills by as much as 10% by reducing output when you're not home.
- Check and clean HVAC filters regularly.
- Set water heater temperatures at 120 degrees. Water heating is the average family's third-highest energy expense – about 14% of energy
- Install water-flow restrictors in faucets and showerheads.
- Take advantage of natural warmth. On sunny days, open blinds to let in sun. Close them at night to insulate against cold.
- Run washing machines and dryers with a full load.
- Replace old, outdated appliances with more efficient, natural gas models.
- Ensure that attics and basements have recommended levels of insulation.
- Install storm, thermal doors or double-plated windows and doors. A more affordable option is temporarily fastening plastic sheeting over doors and windows to prevent heat loss.