Don’t Pass(Up) Gas This Winter

News  Don’t Pass(Up) Gas This Winter

Sep 15, 2020

“Baby it’s cold outside”, “Sweater weather” and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are all signs of the changing weather. These sayings (and drinks) may give you a nostalgic feeling making you all warm and cozy inside. But what about actually being warm and cozy inside your home? As the temperature drops outdoors, the usage of indoor appliances and systems undoubtedly rises. This can lead to not so warm feelings when the utility bill arrives. But what exactly causes the uptick in utility bills during the fall and winter months? It may have something to do with your gas (and the appliances that use them).

Did you know the number of appliances and systems in your home that run on natural gas may be more than you think? According to gas appliances were more widely used before the introduction of electric systems. Normal activities like cooking (using your stove or oven), washing your clothes (gas dryers and water heaters) and of course heating furnaces (used to heat your home) all used natural gas. And while many homes (modernized) are starting to switch over to electric powered systems, according to a 2018 article, only about 37 percent of U.S. homes use electric powered appliances/systems (most of those homes being in the South). To take it a step further, the same article says about 48 percent of U.S. homes actually use natural gas to power appliances/systems (in every region except the South).

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So what does that mean for your utility bill exactly? Well, it could mean you’ll spend a bit more heating and living in your home during the winter months. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically being paying astronomical prices. With the help of an HVAC Advocate you can find a fuel-efficient heating system (that still uses natural gas) to curb some of the work your home’s natural-gas network is doing to run other appliances. The 2020 article says you can heat your entire home with a natural-gas furnace because it provides air that’s warmer than air provided by an electric-heat pump. The article also makes reference to how “Natural-gas heaters are reputed to be more efficient for home use because they last longer, cost less to operate and don’t require tank refills like propane or oil.”   Meaning you may end up using less gas over a longer period of time due to the efficiency of heating your entire home at once. Which of course guessed it, a cheaper utility bill. You can find out more about natural-gas furnaces and which option may be best for your home by contacting an expert or HVAC Advocate.

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Of course, there are some things you should also be aware of when it comes to using natural gas in your home. Like where it’s going, what’s causing you to use more and what appliances you own that actually use it. says there are a few factors to keep in mind:

  • Colder Weather – Cold weather may increase your gas usage three to seven times compared to summer months. You can help prevent this by adjusting your thermostat during the day and night to a consistent temperature.
  • Days in Billing Cycle – There are normally 29-32 days in a billing cycle between meters being read but holidays can add days to your bill. So be aware of monthly billing and gas usage. 
  • Increase in Appliance Use – As mentioned above, colder weather often means increased use in your appliances/systems. Plus, with holiday guests, more cooking and leaving appliances on can also increase your bill. Pay attention. Turn things off when you’re not using them and plan ahead (by putting money aside) if company is expected. 

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Those are the facts. There are several ways to save money on your utility bill while also using natural gas. But you have to know where to look in your home, how you’re using your appliances and just being smart about everyday activities. If all else fails, you can always get help. Contact an expert to help determine where your money is being spent and options to help keep your utility bill steady during colder months. Now go grab that latte, your favorite sweater and get comfortable.

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