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How to Reduce Georgia Natural Gas Bill

Even during the winter when natural gas usage increases, you can take steps to minimize your energy costs. These suggestions can reduce your monthly natural gas bills.

  • Turn the thermostat down to 68 degrees. This converts to a savings of around 5 percent for each degree turned down in the 60-70 degree range. Wearing warmer clothes in the house can help keep you comfortable while reducing natural gas usage.
  • While at work, set the temperature to 60 degrees to save even more. However, do not turn your furnace off as the furnace will need to use more natural gas to return your home to the correct temperature.
  • During the day, open draperies to let the sunshine in. Be sure to close them at night to keep the chill out.
  • Replace furnace filters. Some filters can be cleaned instead of having to be replaced. Doing this on a monthly basis can reduce energy usage by around 5 percent. This is also the time to tune up furnaces, letting you operate a furnace that is clean, lubricated and properly adjusted for the coming winter. Have your furnace inspected by a professional to ensure that the unit is working properly.
  • Turn hot water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This can save you 7 to 11 percent in heating costs. Insulate the first five feet of pipe that comes from the water heater to the wall. You can pick up pipe insulation from your hardware store.
  • Seal any leaks where energy might be escaping from within the home. Calking windows and small areas such as electrical conduits. It is also advisable to calk around pipes and other such places in order to save on energy costs. For larger areas, check you local hardware store for insulation products. Insulating your home in this manner can reduce the amount of energy lost by 40 percent.
  • Make sure heating ducts are as clean as possible in conditioned areas. In non-conditioned areas, such as the attic, seal off ducts to ensure no energy is escaping.
  • Replace aging gas appliances with newer, more efficient models. Recommendations for replacing your natural gas water heater is 12 years. Natural gas furnaces should be replaced every 15 years. Try choosing an energy star model with a high EF, or energy factor. The higher the EF, the more efficient the model.
  • Undergo a professional energy audit. These audits can reveal energy information unique to your home and energy needs. An energy audit can help you save money and reduce energy usage in your home.

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