ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT
HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR NATURAL GAS ENERGY BILL
Do you heat your home or water with natural gas? If so, it’s a good idea to find ways to cut your gas consumption.
You may have heard the saying that the cheapest energy is the energy you never use. How are you using natural gas: heating your home? Cooking dinner? Relaxing in front of your fireplace?
As cooler weather approaches, we’re here to provide helpful tips about how to save energy and money during Manitoba’s cold weather seasons. Everyone uses energy differently and has individual circumstances to consider, but here are some general things to think about.
- Do regular maintenance. Be it door weatherstripping, seasonal furnace check-ups, filter changes, or filling cracks, a well-maintained home will run more efficiently and minimize energy waste.
- If you have a natural gas furnace, it needs to be able to spread the heat around. That means grills and registers have to be kept clean and clear of obstructions like furniture. You may even need to clean your ducts.
- If you’re heating your water with natural gas, it’s your second largest energy cost next to heating your home. Using less hot water can save you money. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Wash full loads of laundry. And if you have a dishwasher, use its energy-saving settings.
- Upgrade to a smart Wi-Fi connected thermostat. Using its many features, including scheduling and geofencing, can help you save. We also offer a $50 rebate on eligible models.
- Consider the assistance we provide to improve the insulation in your home. That works directly to reduce the consumption of natural gas, and we can provide you with rebates through our Home Insulation Program.
- Air leakage can significantly reduce the comfort and durability of your home, as well as increase your energy costs. If there’s a gap or a crack that air can get through, it will. If you can see daylight anywhere, you’re inviting in cold air and higher energy bills. Weatherstripping, including window insulating film and caulking, are staples of good airtightness maintenance. Make sure you air seal before starting any major insulation projects.
- Let the sun in. During our sunny Manitoba winters, sunlight displaces some of the natural gas your furnace (or boiler) would have used. Using window coverings when it’s not sunny can reduce the heat you lose to a window, increasing your comfort and lowering your costs.
- Sometimes small changes can still be a benefit. Electrical outlets can allow cold air to sneak in and force you to raise your thermostat setting. Insulating foam gaskets for your electrical outlets on exterior walls can help you save.
So, are you using natural gas efficiently? These are just a few tips for minimizing your natural gas use, and we want to help you take these steps. Check out our website to learn about our programs and offers, and send our Energy Team an email if you have any questions.