How Can You Reduce Your Monthly Gas Bill?

How Can You Reduce Your Monthly Gas Bill?

Reduce your monthly gas utility bill by lowering the thermostat, sealing air leaks and changing filters regularly. Adding a programmable thermostat or upgrading an outdated furnace or water heater can also help reduce energy consumption.

One way to reduce the energy a home requires for heating is by lowering the thermostat setting. Each degree above 68 degrees Fahrenheit increases the furnace's gas consumption by 3 to 5 percent. Investing in a programmable thermostat can save even more by reducing the temperature further when no one is home. A dirty furnace filter makes the unit less efficient at distributing the heat it produces.

Air leaks increase the amount of gas a home uses. Caulking any cracks and adding new weather-stripping to the doors and windows reduces drafts and makes the home more comfortable. Adding a foam insulation gasket behind electrical outlets and switches helps seal leaks. If the home does not meet the current government insulation values, upgrading to the recommended R-values saves fuel.

As of 2015, gas furnaces manufactured more than 15 years ago are much less efficient than new ones. Replacing the older unit with a new one can save up to 20 percent on the home heating bill. Similarly, replacing an older water heater with a new one helps reduce fuel consumption.