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Four Steps To Reduce Your Gas Bill

27 April 2017 No Comment

Everyone knows that gas is expensive, and it only seems to be getting pricier as time goes on.

This can be seen clearly at Energy.gov, where indexes for natural gas and other fuel sources are continuously gathered and compared for smart consumers.

However, there are multiple ways you can reduce your monthly gas bill.

We’re going to cover some of the most common mistakes homeowners make and ways you can use the energy market to your advantage, so read on.

Step One: Try Changing Providers

Depending on where you live, you might be able to switch utility providers and find companies willing to sell you natural gas at a lower price. Utility providers rarely make themselves known to homeowners, so you’ll have to find them through a gas and electricity comparison service.

Switching utility providers may not work in all areas, but it’s a good place to start since you can immediately enjoy discounts on your gas usage while keeping all other aspects of your daily life the same.

Step Two: Replace Worn Weather Stripping

On a cold day, gently run your hands around the frames of your closed doors and windows. Do you feel cold air seeping in? If you do, that’s expensive heat loss which could be costing you an extra seven to twelve percent on your heating bill every month, according to Popular Mechanics.

Typically, weather stripping needs to be replaced once every few years, so don’t be surprised if yours is letting cold air in. On the bright side, replacement is usually a simple procedure.

Step Three: Eliminate Drafts from Electrical Outlets

This is one of the most oft-overlooked ways to reduce heat loss inside the average home – and it’s also one of the cheapest. Small insulting gaskets cost less than a dollar each, and are widely available at large hardware stores. Simply fill the outlet’s alcove with insulating caulk and then install the gasket over it.

Uncover your electrical outlets with a screwdriver and determine whether they are insulated or not. If you can see the inside of your walls through the outlets, then it’s time to attach those gaskets.

Step Four: Try Using a Space Heater Instead of Your Furnace

Depending on the price of electricity in your area, it could be more economical to use a space heater instead of a natural gas furnace for heating your home. In most cases, this is only true above a certain temperature threshold: 70° F, for instance.

The best way to achieve optimal savings this way is by keeping the furnace to a low base temperature and using the space heater to keep high-traffic areas particularly warm. Bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens come to mind.

Want to Save Money on Heating Your Home?

For more tips on how to save money on residential heating – especially for fall and winter – consider taking some time to perform a home energy audit and look for ways to save.

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