SoCalGas Provides Tips about Saving Cash on Utility Payments – NBC Los Angeles

On Friday, Southern California Gas Co. offered energy saving tips and tools that customers can use to save money on their utility bills in cold weather.

According to the utility, it’s possible to use three to seven times more natural gas than in the summer months, as home heaters respond to thermostat settings and water heaters work harder to keep the water hot.

“When the weather changes, so does our natural gas usage. To keep our homes warm, our heating systems run more frequently, which leads to increased natural gas usage. A few simple changes can help reduce energy bills.” said Brian Prusnek, SoCalGas’ director of customer programs and support.

“This is also the time to ensure that all customers who are eligible for billing assistance and free energy saving programs are aware of these resources that can further reduce their natural gas bills,” he said.

The utility recommends the following steps to reduce natural gas consumption and manage energy bills:

  • Lower your thermostat by three to five degrees, which can save you up to 10% on heating costs.
  • Install proper caulking and waterproofing to save about 10 to 15% on heating and cooling costs.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water to save up to 10% on water heating costs.
  • Clean or replace your oven filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Have air ducts checked for leaks, which can increase heating costs by 10 to 30%.
  • Decrease the temperature of your water heater.
  • Take a shorter shower to reduce natural gas consumption.
  • Repair leaking taps and pipes. Hot water leaks create an increased demand on the water heater, which increases natural gas consumption. One drop of water per second can waste 500 gallons of hot water a year.

SoCalGas also encourages customers struggling to pay their monthly natural gas bills to apply for the CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) program. Eligible customers receive a 20% discount on their monthly natural gas bill.

The Energy Conservation Support Program offers Eligible SoCalGas customers free improvements to the tenant or homeowner that can save energy, reduce natural gas consumption, and improve the safety, health and comfort of the tenant or homeowner.

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For more information about the utility’s customer support programs, see socalgas.com/assistance.

As part of its COVID-19 response, SoCalGas has suspended service interruptions for residential and small business customers. That means customers won’t turn off their natural gas service if they can’t pay.

For more information on SoCalGas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.socalgas.com/coronavirus.