Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Four Easy Ways to Reduce Gas Consumption and Save Money

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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.

Add Insulation

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.

23 comments:

tiarastantrums said...

my husband is all about those gas programs. he searches them out all the time.

Sandee said...

All great advice. We built our home and made sure insulation was at the top of our list. And changing our filters should be done at least every quarter. It's done here.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Jeannette said...

These are great tips - especially cleaning your filters! I need to do more of these!

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

I wish I had a gas stove but at this time I'm total electric. I have family members who aren't all electric and I'll pass this along to them.

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

Wonderful tips! These are so great. We've been trying to conserve gas, and keeping it at a minimum has been pretty ok so far! - Jeanine

Elephant's Child said...

Great tips. Thank you.

Masshole Mommy said...

Awesome tips. I think we all want to save money whenever we can!

debdenny said...

Good advice. I will have to check out that learning thermostat

Lexie Lane said...

Wish we could truly help this. Somehow I feel like the government monopolizes our gas. Notice how fantastic the prices are in the Winter or the days we travel less but increase in the Summer and go back down during elections? Funny, right?

Susan Kane said...

Good reminder to change our filters. I purposely do not know how to do that.

Mama to 5 said...

My husband changed our air filter the 1t day of every month like clock work. These are great tips.

RANE said...

I have neither but things are still good. These are all great tips

Censie Sawyer said...

Great tips. I think we take it for granted.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great tips! Jason is the one who is always monitoring our gas consumption. I'm glad he does, cause it would drive me crazy trying to stay on top of it all!

Laura Funk said...

We have done all of these and definitely noticed a reduction

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Some great tips. Always looking to save a little money

~ Noelle said...

I wish we had a learning thermometer! that sounds awesome!

Courtney said...

Great tips! Our gas bill isn't bad in the summer, but it can be brutal ni the fall and winter especially if the weather is bad!

Joyce Lansky said...

Sounds like a plan.

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We do not have gas. We did at a rental once though.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I have a few things gas and a few things electric in my house. My furnace is gas and I need to reduce consumption.

Colette S said...

These tips are very helpful!
Thanks for sharing.

Annie Stow said...

Super tips. We recently had Mass Save come help us and give us some tips. It's a great program for home owners in MA!