30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Natural Gas Bill

#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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