There are a lot of effective ways to get you gas bills down. Some affordable and simple ways can make all the difference.
Therm from Dominion Energy shared some things you can do around the house that save their customers money.
Caulking Around Windows — Surprisingly, we find a lot of gaps between windows and window
frames where you can feel cold air coming into the house. Just as that cold air comes in, the air
you paid to heat is going out. For just a few dollars, you can take this caulk and run a bead
along those gaps around the windows and seal any leaks.
Weather Stripping – Those same types of gaps can also be found around doors to the outside.
If you’re not sure, feel around the closed door for cold air. Another great way to make sure the
door has a good seal is to darken the room and see if you see any light coming from around and
under the door. If so, weather stripping like this is a good fix … and it’s only a few dollars. If you
have a gap under the door, you may have an adjustable threshold. If so, a few turns with a
screwdriver will raise the threshold enough to create a tighter fit.
Furnace Filter – like a car, every furnace has a filter. If you forget to change it, the filter can
become so dirty that air can barely pass through it. If airflow is restricted, then your furnace has
to stay on longer to heat your home. The longer it stays on, the higher your bill. Check your filter
once a month and change it, if necessary. A clean filter will allow your furnace to breathe freely,
operate efficiently and you’ll find your house warms up quickly. You’ll feel more comfortable,
conserve energy and saving money.
Setback Thermostat or Programmable Thermostat – Remember the old, round thermostats
everyone used to have in their homes? Well, believe it or not, there are still a lot of them out
there. They work great. You set them and that’s it. Then these setback thermostats hit the
market. They allowed us to program a few different times and our furnaces would operate only
during those times. The technology helped regulate furnace operation, and helped us become
more energy efficient.
Smart Thermostats – Now we have these. A smart thermostat does everything these older
thermostats and more with less effort on our part. Let’s say you leave the house for work and
forget to turn the thermostat down – the furnace is still working hard. I can go to my smartphone
and adjust the thermostat just like that, and my furnace just shut off. It also learns your comfort
level and adjusts accordingly.
Dominion Home Energy Plan — For $25 an energy expert conducts an energy-efficiency inspection at your home and provides a report of specific things to get the most out of your energy dollar. They’ll provide some free energy-saving items such as pipe insulation for the water heater, efficiency-flow shower heads and faucet tips (if you’ll use them). It will also include a list of rebatequalified appliances and measures that can really help you lower your bill. Following through on any of the rebate-qualified recommendations, the $25 charge for the home energy plan will be refunded as a credit on your gas bill.
To schedule an energy-efficiency inspection call 1-888-324-322.
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