This winter, about 50% of your energy costs will come from heating your home. Dropping the temperature by just a few degrees can make a huge difference. It’s even easier to save with a smart thermostat you can control right from your phone. Instant rebates are offered at ColumbiaGasOhioStore.com.
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to a clockwise direction and turn it on at low speed. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling back down into the room.
Is it drafty or cold in one room but hot in another? Consider an in-home energy audit. A certified energy auditor will perform a comprehensive evaluation and suggest updates that can save energy and money. Columbia Gas provides instant savings if the work is done by a participating contractor.
Fill openings and gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows, basement brick and cement work with an easy-to-use spray foam insulation sold at any hardware store.
It could be time to consider replacing heating equipment, especially if it’s more than 15 years old. An ENERGY STAR® certified furnace will save money no matter how cold it gets outside.
ENERGY STAR® recommends checking the furnace filter once a month and changing it if it looks dirty. If you hold it up to a light source and can’t see the light through it, it’s definitely time for a replacement.
Columbia Gas also offers payment assistance programs for customers having trouble with their bill, as well as no-cost weatherization is available for income-eligible customers. Find information on their energy efficiency programs at //ColumbiaGasOhio.com/SavingMatters.