Due to rising cost of natural gas customers can expect up to 30% higher natural gas bills this winter, November-March. Here are some ways customers can help to conserve energy loss in your home.
- Seal it up. Check for leaks around windows, doors, and other openings to the outside. Seal these leaks with caulk and keep the warmth in.
- Cover it up. Cover bare floors with carpet or area rugs.
- Control the temp. Use programmable thermostats to help conserve energy. The Iowa Energy Office recommends turning thermostats back 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours per day for an annual savings of 10%.
- Insulate. Wrap old water heaters with proper insulating jackets and set the temperature to 120 F (or lower). Insulate your plumbing.
- Wash cold. Whenever possible, use the cold water setting on your washing machine.
- Use mother nature. When it’s cold outside but also sunny, open the blinds during the day to let the sun help heat your home.
- Regularly check and/or replace HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating season. New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment, and result in lower indoor air quality.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC system. Programmable thermostats will optimize your HVAC operation “24/7″ based on your schedule and can be “overridden” as needed for unscheduled events. So consumers and staff always enter a comfortable facility, this “smart thermostat” can turn on the HVAC one hour before arrival instead of heating or cooling unoccupied space.