7 tips to help you spend less on natural gas

naturalgasWith thermostats turned down and windows pushed open, most people aren’t thinking about their natural gas bill during the spring and summer months. But did you know that, next to home heating, the greatest source of natural gas costs comes from heating water and swimming pools?

Here are some tips from Enbridge Gas to help you manage your energy use through the warmer months:

Install a smart thermostat. Unlike ordinary thermostats, smart thermostats adapt to your routine by learning your schedule and temperature preferences. They automatically deliver comfort when you’re at home and savings when you’re out. Some utility companies even provide financial incentives for their customers who purchase these devices. Enbridge is offering their customers a $100 credit on their bill. Learn more about the Enbridge program at knowyourenergyscore.ca/smart-thermostat.

Keep drapes and shades closed. Even if your windows are closed, they can still let a lot of heat into your home. When the sun is shining in, close your drapes and shades to keep your house cool.

Use a solar blanket on your pool. Cover your pool overnight to keep the water warm and reduce evaporation.

Wash clothing in cold water and hang to dry. Hot water is rarely needed for your laundry. Once clean, hang your clothes outside on a clothesline to dry.

Install low-flow showerheads. Low-flow showerheads help reduce water consumption and lower natural gas use.

Keep your furnace filter clean. Make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency by cleaning or replacing the filter regularly. A clean filter will help a central air conditioner provide better airflow throughout your house.

Plug the leaks. Use the nice weather as an opportunity to weatherize your home. Small changes, such as caulking or weather-stripping doors and windows, can provide energy savings when the weather cools. More significant changes, like installing Energy Star windows, will help keep the cool air in during the warmer months.

Learn more about energy-efficiency programs, reducing your energy use and saving money online at knowyourenergyscore.ca. – NC

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