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How To Lower Your Gas Bill In 10 Easy Steps
List below are some tips on helping you lower your gas bills and allowing
your family to be more energy efficient:
- You can save as much as 10% a year on your utility bill by simply
turning your thermostat up during heating season or down during cooling
season, or off when you leave home for more than two hours.
- If buying a new heating and air conditioning system, make sure it is
sized properly. An air conditioner that's too large for your home can use
more energy than necessary to cool your home. A properly sized system can
save you $600 a year in heating and cooling.
- Weatherization and caulking such things as windows and doors can save
over 30% of cooling and heating cost
- Insulate your water heater to save energy and money. For every 10
degrees Fahrenheit you lower the temperature setting, you can reduce your
bill 3% to 5%.
- Don't use the "rinse hold" on your dishwasher for just a few soiled
dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it. Save
energy, water and money.
- Let your dishes air dry. If you don't have an automatic air-dry switch,
turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a
little so the dishes will air dry.
- About 80% to 85% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating
the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for
washing clothes-use less water and use cooler water. Wash clothes in cold
water only. Your clothes will be just as clean as using warm or hot water
and you'll save money by not heating water to wash clothes. Save energy,
water and money.
- Check door seals on refrigerators and freezers. Place a dollar bill in
the door as you close - if it does not hold firmly, the seal is worn and
needs to be replaced. A refrigerator door that does not close tightly will
increase heat gain and cause the refrigerator to run more.
- Match pan size to element size when cooking. For small pans, use a small
burner and for large pans use a large burner. Using the wrong sized element
will cause you to use more energy to cook than when the pan size fits the