Natural Gas and Energy Conservation
Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel with 45 percent fewer CO2 emissions than coal and is extremely efficient — 90 percent of natural gas is delivered to appliances as useable energy compared to only one-third of electricity.
Natural gas is delivered to homes through a network of underground pipes. After natural gas passes through a meter outside of a house, the gas is piped to where it is needed inside — to a furnace or boiler, water heater, or gas fireplace — through a series of smaller metal pipes. Natural gas is billed to the consumer by the cubic foot of gas used.
Here are some energy saving tips that will conserve energy and save you money.
- Set your thermostat to 68° or lower during the cold months.
- Every month, replace the air filters for your heating and cooling system.
- Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas of your home.
- Make sure your fireplace damper is closed when not in use.
- If you have a gas fireplace, turn the pilot off during the warm and hot months.
- Caulk any small gaps around the fixed joints of windows and doorframes.
- Weather-strip all moveable joints on windows and doors.
- During the cold months allow sunlight to enter your home during the day by raising blinds or opening curtains.
- Cover windows during nighttime hours to prevent heat loss.
- Promptly turn-off kitchen, bath, or other ventilating fans off when not in use.
- Install an insulating wrap for your water heater.
- Drain a quart of water from your water heater every 3 months to remove sediment that lowers the efficiency of your water heater.
- Take 5-minute showers instead of baths or longer showers.
- Make sure you only use your washer and dryer with full loads.
- When purchasing new appliances, buy the most energy-efficient model possible.
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