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SoCal Gas energy bill saving tips

Southern California provides its customers a number of tips to save money on their utility bills. This is even more important during the colder winter months and the hot Southern California summer. The utility company is continuing to encourage customers to take simple steps to help them stay warm or cool, and to assist with saving money.

Numerous studies show that paying for utility and home heating bills during the winter is the number one natural gas use for customers. A typical home's natural gas use for heat increases during colder months. A residential customers utility usage can almost triple during the winter. In California, this increased usage can account for up to 60 percent of a home's total utility costs.

One of the most effective ways to save money on your SoCalGas utility bills is to conserve energy and gas usage, and to limit other expenses such as water heating. The company is strongly committed to helping customers of all income levels pay their utility bills and save money. The utility company will provide free energy-saving tips, bill-assistance programs, and rebates. Some of the tips provided by Southern California Gas are listed below.

  • Homeowners can install a programmable thermostat, which will help them automatically regulate the temperature in their home. It provides for enhanced energy savings and comfort control.
  • If you lower your furnace by just three to five degrees, you can save up to 30% on your monthly heating expenses.
  • Caulk and weather-strip drafty windows and doors, and maybe even apply for weatherization.
  • Ensure your heating and cooling system is tuned up. SoCalGas can provide referrals for this service. If your units are operating at maximum efficiency, consumers have saved anywhere from 10-20% on their bills. Be sure to clean or replace furnace filters according to your manufacturer recommendations. Keep all furnace registers, heating vents, and the system free of dirt, lint and obstructions.

It is not as commonly known, but water heating bills are the second largest utility expense in most homes. Some free tips and steps to take here include insulate your water heater, Insulate exterior, uncovered hot water pipes, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, and be sure to buy a more energy efficient model the next time you need a water heater. California may have some rebates to help you save money on these.

 

 

 

Even doing simple things like washing full laundry loads in cold water can save up to 10% on your water bills, and also be sure to wash full loads in the dishwasher as well. That leaky faucet that too many people have can cost money too. Just one drop of hot water per second can waste 500 gallons a year.

Southern California Gas offers rebates. In the past, the energy company has offered up to a $50 rebate on qualifying gravity wall furnaces, a $200 rebate on central furnaces, and up to $200 on qualifying tankless water heaters. SoCalGas also provides up to a 20 percent rate discount for income-qualified customers on their utility bills or payment plans. The bottom line is that families have a number of options available to them when it comes to saving money and paying bills.

 

 

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