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How to spend less on natural gas
Spend Less on Natural Gas - Jim Pauls Real EstateWith thermostats turned down and windows pushed open, many Ontarians are not thinking about their natural gas bills in summer months. However, according to Enbridge Gas Distribution, next to home heating, the greatest source of natural gas costs comes from heating water and swimming pools.

To use less energy and save money after an unusually long and cold winter, here are a few ways to do it:

Turn your thermostat down. Before opening your windows to enjoy the warm summer breeze, remember to lower the temperature on your thermostat or turn it off completely.

Use ceiling fans. The air flow created by ceiling fans can cool a room. Ceiling fans also lessen the reliance on air conditioning.

Keep drapes and shades closed. Even if your windows are closed, they can still let a lot of heat into your home. When it's hot outside, close your drapes and shades to keep your house cool.

Use a solar blanket on your pool. Cover your pool overnight to keep the water warm and reduce water evaporation.

Wash clothing in cold water. Hot water is rarely needed to clean your laundry.

Install low-flow showerheads. Consider installing low-flow showerheads to help reduce water consumption and lower natural gas use.

Keep your furnace filter clean: Make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency by cleaning or replacing the filter regularly. A clean filter will help a central air conditioner provide better air flow throughout your house.

Plug the leaks: Use the nice weather as an opportunity to weatherize your home. Small changes, such as caulking or weather-stripping doors and windows, can provide energy savings when the weather cools. More significant changes, like installing Energy Star windows, will help keep the cool air in during the warmer months.

Additional tips can be found online at www.enbridgegas.com/energyefficiency.

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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 9:00 AM by Susan Pauls-Valerio, Broker of Record

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