Why Cold Weather Impacts Bills
During colder months, heating is often the number-one energy expense for most customers. In fact, heating your home can account for more than half of your total natural gas bill. Colder weather also impacts water heaters since colder temperatures require it to work longer and harder. Water heaters can account for 25 percent of natural gas use.
5 Tips to Lower Your Natural Gas Bill
- Save up to 10 percent on heating costs by lowering your furnace thermostat by three to five degrees, if health permits.
- Clean or replace your furnace filters according to manufacturer recommendations.
- Have your air ducts tested for leaks. Leaky ducts can cost you between 10 to 30 percent in heating and cooling costs.
- Save roughly 10 to 15 percent on your heating and cooling bills with caulking and weather-stripping.
- Save up to 10 percent on water heating costs by washing and rinsing your clothes in cold water.