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Energy Saving Tips for Gas Customers
 
Here are some steps natural gas customers should consider to reduce their energy costs:
  • Contacting your gas company to set up an equal payment plan to spread high winter bills over a 12-month period.

  • Turning your thermostat down can save up to 3% for each degree of reduction. A programmable thermostat that automatically reduces heat at night or while the house is unoccupied can lower heating bills by 5 to 10%.

  • Free Home Energy Reviews are available through the Energy Trust of Oregon. http://energytrust.org/residential/

  • Gaps, leaks and small holes in ductwork account for as much as 25 percent of home heating loss. You can get a tax credit of up to $250 for a well-designed and sealed duct system in your new home or for sealing existing ductwork. Contractors doing the work must be certified by the Oregon Department of Energy, so call 1-800-221-8035.

  • Updating low-efficiency furnaces with higher-efficiency models. Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon about their programs to see if you may qualify at http://www.energytrust.org/

  • The Energy Trust also offers incentives for a wide range of weatherization and gas equipment in addition to furnaces. They support insulation, duct and air sealing, and conventional and tankless water heaters for the home. They offer similar shell measures for commercial businesses, along with radiant heating systems, condensing boilers, tankless water heaters, gas fryers and ovens, dish and laundry washers and more.

  • Premium efficiency furnaces can also qualify for a state tax credit from the Oregon Department of Energy. Check qualifying equipment at www.oregon.gov/energy/Pages/index.aspx.

  • Fully insulating your residence generally results in up to 30% savings on a heating bill.

  • Change or clean the furnace filter once a month during the heating season if needed.

  • Low-income bill paying assistance information is available from all gas utilities.
 
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