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Manage Energy at Home

Take Steps to Reduce Your Energy Use Now 

Using energy wisely and making a few household changes can produce a big difference in how much you spend on natural gas and other energy bills. Plus, you will lower your home's carbon emissions when you use less energy. To better understand the changes in your natural gas bill from month to month, use the free Bill Comparison Tool in your Account Center

Summer Energy Saving Tips

  • The recommended setting for comfort and energy savings in the summer is 78 degrees. Each degree above 72, can save up to 3 percent in cooling costs.   
  • Increase the temperature when you are away and lower the thermostat setting when you return home. A programmable or smart thermostat allows you to do this automatically and without sacrificing comfort.
  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you first turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
  • Close window coverings and blinds to prevent heat gain through your windows.
  • Use fans to cool the rooms you are in most frequently.
  • Turn off your pool or spa heater.

Winter Energy Saving Tips

  • In the winter, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 58 degrees when you are away from home.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Leaving the damper open is like keeping a window wide open. The warm air goes right up the chimney!
  • If you have a pool, do not use the pool heater. Instead, run your pool pump during the coldest part of the day to circulate the water and prevent freezing. 

Energy Saving Tips for All Year

  • Reduce air leaks around your home by checking and replacing missing and/or cracked caulking and weatherstripping around doors, windows, and other outside openings.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. Water heating accounts for as much as 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home.
  • Reduce your shower time and take baths only when necessary. Showering and bathing can account for 40 percent of your home's hot water use.
  • Install a programmable or smart (Wi-Fi) thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically when you are not at home.
  • Operate your clothes washer, dryer, and dishwasher only when fully loaded.
  • Change or clean your heating and air conditioning unit filter regularly and according to the manufacturer's instructions. Your equipment will use less energy if it 'breathes' more easily.

Read our Energy Saving Tips brochure to learn more.

Energy Saving Measures for Businesses

Click here to learn how your business can maintain a comfortable indoor environment for staff, visitors, and customers, while managing energy costs.