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While some people are lucky enough to have homes with electric heat, many older homes rely on natural gas furnaces. Sentry Energy Production and other similar companies spend millions every year finding and sourcing gas for commercial buildings and residential homes. Whether your natural gas comes from that company or a local business, you might find yourself looking at ways to reduce the amount of gas that you use every year. Making a few simple tips can help you save quite a bit on your heating bills while still keeping your home warm and toasty.
Install a Learning Thermostat
Installing a new thermostat is one of the best ways to cut down on your natural gas usage. These new thermostats actually learn and predict the temperature that you want in your home. A learning thermostat keeps a detailed log of when you turn the heat up or down throughout the day and eventually begins doing the work for you. Many of the devices also let you control the heat in your home when you aren't there. You can log in on your smartphone, office computer or even tablet and adjust the temperature throughout the day.
Clean Your Filters
Every item or appliance that you have in your house that uses natural gas has a filter on it. That filter serves to keep lint, dirt and other debris from getting inside and damaging the appliance, but the filter also helps keep the warm air produced by the gas moving. It is important that you clean and/or replace your filters as needed. Replacing is the best solution when you notice signs of fraying or other types of damage. You can hire professionals to inspect your filters once or twice a year and to replace those furnaces as needed.
A lack of insulation is a common reason why some older homes tend to feel colder. The colder that you feel, the more you rely on natural gas to heat your home. Adding more insulation can bring an end to high gas bills. Older homes sometimes lack proper insulation. You might find that previous owners used newspapers or fabric to insulate the attic and basement. New types of insulation can easily save you $50 or more each month and add up to hundreds of dollars in savings over the course of a single year.
Enroll in New Programs
Did you know that your gas provider might offer savings? One way to save is with a payment plan based on how much gas you used the previous year. Instead of paying a small amount during the warmer months and higher amounts in the winter, you pay a set amount each month. Companies will look at how much you spent in total the previous year, divide that amount by 12 months and send you a bill each month. If your provider doesn't offer this type of program, ask for a monthly meter reading to avoid any hidden surprises on your bills.
Millions of homes across the country use natural gas for appliances like dishwashers, ovens, stoves, water heaters and furnaces. No matter how many appliances in your home uses natural gas or how high your average gas bills are, you can still reduce the amount of gas you use and save money too.