How to take your energy dollars further
(NC)— It's only natural to be looking forward to the transition from winter to spring. However, those extra cold nights are still possible for awhile longer and may result in frustration and cranked up heating systems. After all, about 60 per cent of our annual natural gas use goes towards home heating during the cold months.
Reducing your natural gas use can take your energy dollars even further this winter. Here are some quick tips to improve your home's energy efficiency, courtesy of Enbridge Gas Distribution:
• Set it and forget it: Use a programmable thermostat to reduce your home's temperature by 3oC at night, while out for the day or on vacation.
• Clean it or replace it: Clean or replace your natural gas furnace filter every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty filters restrict airflow and force your furnace to work harder.
• Keep them clean and clear: Heating vents and registers should always be clean and clear of obstruction. Make sure your air vents and registers are clear of furniture, draperies or area rugs.
• Keep the warm air in and the cold air out: Take steps to seal cracks and drafts around windows, doors and electrical sockets to ensure you're not warming up the outdoors.
It's good to know that clean natural gas continues to be the most affordable energy choice for warming up the home. According to the historical rates from Enbridge Gas Distribution, the typical residential customer pays less today for their annual natural gas bill than they did five years ago.
More information is available online at enbridgegas.com.
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