Tell the CPUC NOW: High Gas Bills Are Freezing Me Out!Some ways you can save:
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when you are at home, health permitting and 55 at night to stay comfortable and save gas.
- Keep in mind: Each degree above 68 degrees uses 3 – 5 percent more energy. So if you set your thermostat to 73 degrees you increase your gas bill by15 to 25 percent.
- Set your thermostat to 55 degrees when you leave the house, or turn it off completely. Turning your thermostat down by 1- to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
- Close drapes, blinds and shades at night to help retain heat.
- Reduce your water heater’s temperature
- Turn your water heater off or down when you are away.
- Wrap older water heaters with an insulating jacket to minimize excess heat loss. Leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater.
- Lower your water heater temp to 120ºF (low) or 140º F (medium).
- Cut shower time in half to reduce water heating costs by 33 percent. Showers can account for up to two-thirds of your water heating expenses.
- Wash clothes in cold water and use detergent specially formulated for cold water use.
SAFETY ALERT: Do not heat your home with a barbecue, charcoal, propane patio heater, or any other method intended for the outdoors as they will release carbon monoxide in your home. Generators are also unsafe to use indoors and are intended for outdoor use only.