#13: Cut back on your natural gas bill.
Here are a few tips that have helped our family reduce our natural gas bill.
- Make sure you are getting the best rate. If you have competing natural gas companies in your area, do a price comparison to make sure you are getting the best possible rate. Be sure to take budget plans, fixed vs. flexible rates, service contracts, etc. into consideration.
- A good portion of your natural gas bill goes to heating water. Monitor your hot water usage by doing the following:
- Shorten your showers and save hundreds of gallons of hot water over the course of a year.
- Wash laundry in cold or warm water.
- Always run full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Miscellaneous tips:
- Lower your water heater’s temperature to 120°, and switch to “vacation” when you are away.
- Don’t adjust your thermostat setting more than 10°. This will prevent the system from overworking and thus increasing your bill.
- Don’t block heating registers and air returns. Rearrange furniture or shorten draperies if needed.
- Cover bare floors.
- Dress warmly: use layers.
- Open curtains and shades to let in sunshine.
- If you have a gas stove, heat water for tea in the microwave.
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