Town of Osgood Gas Department
1820 N. Co. Rd. 300 N
Osgood IN 47037
24-hour Dispatch #: 812-689-0178
Email: Osgood Gas Utility
Residential and Commercial Energy Saving Tips
Using energy wisely can reduce consumption and save money on utility bills. Some things cost nothing and can save a lot.
High Natural Gas Bills? Here are 25 Energy Saving Tips.
- First and foremost, have your furnace and gas appliances serviced annually by a qualified contractor to ensure safety and maximum energy-efficiency. As you "tighten up" your home for energy-efficiency, you may even want to install a carbon monoxide detector for added safety.
- When buying a new heating system or appliance, compare energy-efficiency ratings and annual operating costs. A slightly higher initial cost for a high-efficiency unit could pay itself back in a very short time through energy savings and lower utility bills.
- Put on your favorite sweater and set your thermostats between 65 and 68 degrees during the winter. For sleep hours, set the temperature at least 5 degrees lower and add a cozy blanket to your bed. When away from home for more than a few hours, set your thermostat at 58 degrees. (Warmer temperatures are recommended for homes with ill or elderly persons or infants).
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it to accurately follow your schedule. If no one is home during the day, there's no need to keep your house toasty. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the furnace or air-conditioner according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
- Adjust vents to keep specific rooms of your home at a desired temperature. Heat rises, so you may want to partially close upstairs vents. Check with your heating contractor to see if this will work well with your heating system design.
- Seal leaks around doors, windows and other openings, such as pipes or ducts, with caulking or weather-stripping.
- If pipes or ducts run through unheated areas, insulate them.
- Close vents and doors in unused rooms. Check with your heating/HVAC contractor to see if this will work well with your heating system design.
- Use draperies, awnings, blinds or shutters on all windows to slow the loss of heat through the glass. In winter, keep window coverings open on sunny days to let the sun's warmth in and close them at night to insulate against cold, outside air. Use drapes, shutters, awnings, shade trees, glass with reflective film or solar screens to keep sunlight out in the summer.
- Rearrange furniture by placing it against inside walls you're less likely to feel cool drafts if you're not sitting next to the outside walls.
- Avoid blocking heating vents and air returns with furniture, draperies or carpet.
- Consider storm or thermal windows and doors or double-paned glass. A less-expensive alternative is plastic sheeting, which can be temporarily fastened over doors and windows to retain heat or air conditioning.
- Purchase some inexpensive, pre-cut insulation gaskets and seal out the cold air entering your home through electrical switches and outlet plates, particularly those on outside walls.
- A dirty furnace filter can drive up the cost of heating your home. Change or clean filters in heating and cooling units at least four times a year.
- Check to see if your attic and crawlspace and/or basement have recommended levels of insulation. Add insulation as needed.
- A humidifier either on your furnace or as a separate unit can help control heating costs. You'll feel warmer in moist air, so you can set your thermostat lower.
- Closets and cabinets on outside walls can leak a great deal of air, so make sure the doors fit snugly and keep them tightly closed.
- If you have ceiling fans, make sure the mountings are snug and tight. Use clear caulking to seal any leaks. Even minor cracks around the base can let in lots of cold air.
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans sparingly in cold weather. In just one hour, these fans can blow away a household of warm air.
- Set water heater temperature at 120 degrees and install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets. Water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators save up to 50% on your hot water use. Simply unscrew the old one and screw on the new one.
- Check your water heater manual for instructions and drain sediment from the water heater tank at least annually. Removing sediment promotes proper heat exchange and extends the life of the water heater. Check the website of your water heater's manufacturer if you've misplaced your manual. Many are available on-line.
- Repair leaky hot water faucets promptly. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of hot water in a short period of time.
- Be sure that dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers are fully loaded before running.
- If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
- You may not realize that your fireplace is one of the most inefficient heat sources you can possibly use. It literally sends your energy dollars right up the chimney along with volumes of warm air. A roaring fire can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside. The warm air is replaced by cold air coming into the house from the outside. Your heating system then works overtime to warm up this air which is then exhausted through your chimney. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is going. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter since it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
CAUTION: Don't use your gas fireplace or gas logs to try and heat your home. Use them for decorative purposes only and only sparingly in very cold weather. Don't use your gas or electric range to heat your home either. That's a potentially dangerous and expensive thing to do. Just use it for its intended purpose - cooking.
Please Note: There is no charge for calling the gas company to check for a gas leak. Osgood gas utilities are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Osgood Utilities can now be reached 24-7-365, after hours and weekends for gas leaks, water leaks, sewer backups, etc. Simply call 812-689-0178 for a live dispatcher to get the service you need.