Important tips to save energy

One of our primary goals is to help you save energy (gas). This document provides you with information that can help you save gas consumption and money.

Natural gas is a clean burning energy source that minimizes the need for expensive furnace/boiler maintenance. As a result of these and other benefits, millions of European residential, commercial and industrial customers use natural gas.

When you choose natural gas appliances for your home, you are choosing comfort, convenience and cost savings. Natural gas is ideally suited for home heating, cooking and other essential household needs.

Below, are some helpful gas (energy) saving tips from daligas:

Proper insulation:

You can save up to 10% from your gas bill by reducing air leaks and ensuring proper insulation.

You can reduce heat loss by sealing leaky ducts with mastic or tape and improving the insulation of walls, crawl spaces, floors, and heating ducts.

Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors. 

If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for leaks by looking for spider webs. If there is a web, there is a draft.

A large amount of heat is also lost from an un-insulated basement. Add insulation to basement walls.

Insulate your attic by adding fiberglass insulation; this is one of the most cost-effective savings measures and one you can do yourself.

Proper maintenance of furnace

It is important to know that dirty filters reduce airflow, making your furnace work harder and use more gas (energy). It is advisable to change furnace filters once a month during the cold weather to reduce heating costs.

Thermostat:

Use a programmable thermostat that can automatically turn the heating up or down following your daily routine, if you are in or away from home. 

Daily habits:

Keep doors closed. Minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed.

Open and close windows and adjust shades to regulate housing temperatures. On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun’s warmth in, and close them at night to insulate against cold air outside and retain heat.

Rearrange furniture or shorten draperies so heating registers and air returns are not blocked.

Cover bare floors. Carpeting adds comfort and creates heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.

Adjust windows:

Install storm windows over single-pane or double-pane windows to cut heat loss through the window. During the heating season, storm windows help to reduce drafts, water condensation and frost formation.

You could cover your windows with a plastic cover that is a less costly alternative to installing storm

Ceiling fans:

Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans set at slow speed push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room making you feel more comfortable.

Fireplace:

If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.

When using the fireplace, turn down your thermostat and open a window near the fireplace to prevent warm air from being pulled from other areas of your house.

Install glass doors on fireplaces as they act as a barrier against warm air being drawn up and out of the chimney and cold air moving into a room. They also allow the heat from the fire to radiate into the room.

Water:

Set water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius), you can save energy without sacrificing comfort.

Insulate water heaters and hot water pipes and you can prevent a significant amount of heat loss.

 Kitchen:

Check the flame of your gas cooker, if the flame is blue this is an indication that the cooker is operating efficiently. If it is yellow, you need to ask a qualified repair person to make the necessary adjustments.