Natural gas is the modern, smart, and clean solution for your home energy needs. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of natural gas and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Air leaks can often be found at rough openings around a window. By caulking and weather-stripping around windows, you will reduce cold drafts, make your home more comfortable, and save on your heating bill.
Installing energy efficient, water-saving shower heads will reduce the amount of hot water you use. Using less water uses less energy. On average, a low-flow shower head can save you up to $45 per year.
Sealing all cracks, holes and cut-outs on the exterior of your home will reduce air leaks. Draft proofing your home is often the least expensive way to save on your heating bill.
Reduce energy usage by lowering your home’s temperature when you’re away or asleep at night. Programmable thermostats allow you to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort.
Natural Gas Dryer
Natural gas dryers are less expensive to operate and dry clothes more quickly than electric dryers, with less static electricity and fewer wrinkles. Newer natural gas dryers also have sensors that monitor moisture or temperature and will shut off the dryer when the load is dry.
Natural Gas Water Heater
The best temperature setting for your water heater is around 54°C (or 130°F). That’s hot enough for washing, showers/baths, and reduces the risk of scalding. Also consider installing a tankless natural gas water heater – it heats water only as required and lasts almost twice as long as a traditional tank water heater.
Natural Gas Furnace
Replace your furnace filter every three months (or clean a permanent filter). When the filter is dirty, airflow is limited which makes your furnace work harder and requires more energy. Also keep vents and air returns free of obstructions – blockage of vents will reduce airflow and efficiency of your furnace.
Use the warm or cold-water settings on your washing machine. It is very rare that hot water is needed to get laundry clean, and the energy savings are significant.
Natural Gas Ranges & Stoves
Most chefs prefer the convenience of cooking with natural gas ranges or stoves. The instant on and off capability, combined with an infinite number of temperature settings allows for more precise cooking and efficient energy use than electric ovens.
Natural Gas Fireplace
Install a direct-vent natural gas fireplace in your home. It uses outside air for combustion instead of drawing air from your home.