Winter Gas Savings
It's Winter Gas Savings time
A few small changes can add up to a whole lot of savings. Use our online Progress Tracker to keep track of your gas usage. Reduce your gas usage throughout December and January and you could get up to a 20% bonus credit on the gas portion of your PG&E bill.
Winter Gas Savings will be coming to an end this year as we work hard on bigger and better energy-saving programs, but it’s not too late to earn your bonus credit this winter.
See below for a whole range of ways to lower your gas costs in the “tips” section below.
- Lower the thermostat by 1° F (if it’s set between 60° and 70°F) and you can save as much as 5 % on heating costs.
- In the winter, open your window coverings on sunny days to help warm the rooms.
- Remember to clean the lint trap before every load; this step can save you up to $34 a year.
- Microwave small amounts of food instead of heating them up in the oven - you can reduce cooking energy by up to 80%.
- Showers can account for up to 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cut your shower time in half to reduce your water heating costs by 33%.
- Save on heating costs. Keeping your thermostat set at 68º F during the daytime and 55º F at night can reduce your heating costs by up to 20%.
- Washing clothes in cold water can save the average household up to $30 annually on hot water heating cost, if you have a gas water heater
- Open all heating vents and check that they're not blocked by furniture or other items. This ensures that heated air is evenly distributed through your home.
- Dishwashers with booster heaters will let you lower the water temperature on your water heater, resulting in energy savings.
- Don't over-dry your clothes. Use your dryer's energy-saving moisture sensor to automatically turn the machine off. A dryer operating an extra 15 minutes per load can cost you up to $34 annually.
- Install low-flow showerheads – they can save you up to 16% on your water heating costs.
- Choosing an ENERGY STAR® gas storage water heater can save up to $20 a year. Receive up to a $50 PG&E rebate for qualifying models.
- Purchase a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washer if yours is over 10 years old and save up to $74 a year on utility bills. $50 rebate available.*
- Wrap older water heaters with an insulating jacket to minimize excess heat loss. And, don’t forget to leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater. Savings of up to 10% can be achieved on water heating costs.
- By air sealing and properly insulating the attics, walls, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists, a savings of up to 10% of total energy costs can be achieved.
- * Estimated annual savings is based on assuming an electricity rate of $0.19/kWh, gas rate of $1.19/therm, and water and sewer rate of $11.92/1,000 gallons.
- Properly sealing and insulating your home can save you up to 20% on heating costs
- Replacing your old windows with high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® windows can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15%.
- In the winter, reverse your ceiling fan motor to produce an updraft that forces warm air near the ceiling down into your working space.
- Have a licensed HVAC contractor check your central heating/cooling duct system for leaks. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20% — and sometimes much more
- Replace your pre-1977 gas furnace (probably 50-60 percent efficient) with the most efficient model and you could cut your natural gas use by up to 33%. PG&E offers rebates up to $300 on qualifying models.
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