March 2004
Save Energy with Your Gas Appliances

You probably already know that you benefit from living in a natural gas home. But did you know that one of your biggest advantages comes from using your natural gas appliances?

It's true. Natural gas appliances can save you money if you choose to be smart and conservative when using your appliances. Here are just a few ways you can start saving energy.

Starting with your heating and cooling system, turn on the heat only when you need it most. You could save up to 35 percent on your yearly heating costs. It's recommended to keep your thermostat set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer.

If you have a programmable thermostat, set the temperature a few degrees lower at night and when you're away at work. This minor adjustment can save you money on your energy bill. During the winter, use extra blankets or wear a sweatshirt instead of turning up the thermostat.

Check your home's insulation. More insulation will make your home more energy efficient. Not only will the extra insulation keep you warm in the winter, but it'll also keep you cool in the summer.

If you have a natural gas furnace, change your filters monthly or clean reusable filters regularly. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and will cause your furnace to work harder. Heat only the rooms that need heat instead of heating your entire home with a natural gas fireplace.

To save energy with your water heater, make sure you've installed low-flow showerheads, as well as flow reducers for your taps. Turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth and fix any leaky faucets you have in your home. Imagine how much water and energy you could save!

When you're washing a load of clothes remember two things. First, wash with warm or cold water and rinse with cold water. Second, be sure to run your washer with full loads only. This goes for dryers and dishwashers as well. Small loads use the same amount of energy as running full loads.

Always clean your dryer's lint catcher before each use. Once a year, you should wash out the lint screen and check your dryer vent to make sure it's not clogged with lint. If the filter is clogged, this will cause the appliance to work harder to control the airflow.

An average household uses up to four percent of your home's energy for heating a natural gas range. Ranges that use a spark ignition instead of a pilot light will reduce your energy costs.

For more information on saving energy using your natural appliances, click here or visit www.atlantagaslight.com.

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these great energy saving tips. Who knows, you might see a difference in your energy bill!

Be Safe with Your Gas Appliances
  • Never try to repair or install a gas appliance yourself.
  • Never use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
  • Never cover the temperature controls, air openings or vents of an appliance.
  • Keep range and oven burners clean. Never line the oven completely with foil.
  • Gas appliance connectors (the flexible, corrugated metal gas tubing) should be checked by a qualified appliance service contractor periodically. They can be hazardous due to deterioration, excessive movement, bending or corrosion. Connectors made 30-40 years ago may be risky.