Heating Energy Tips
Keep the thermostat on your heating system at the lowest comfortable setting. We recommend 68-70 degrees. Every degree above 70 increases your cost by 7 percent to 10 percent.
One of Five Action Steps to Cut Natural Gas and Propane Use
With the recent cold snap hitting California, you can take some steps to reduce the amount of energy that you’re using to lower your bill. Here are some suggestions.
Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time, saving 5-20 percent of your heating costs (heat pumps should only be set back 2 degrees to prevent unneeded use of backup strip heating).
Fast and Free
Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to reduce energy consumption while saving money. Here are some suggestions you can do at home, at absolutely no cost to you.
Turn up your thermostat. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room. Always take into account health considerations and be sure to drink plenty of fluids in warm weather. (Savings: 1 – 3% per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees)