September 4th, 2019 | Updated on November 4th, 2019
We know that there are several appliances in homes that require natural gas for power. Our customers may want to conserve the natural gas usage to reduce monthly bills along with preventing pollution.
Here are some tips for getting the most from natural gas usage.
1. Proper Installation Of Gas Lines
The proper installation of gas lines to a home can prevent the loss of the natural gas. Make sure that knowledgeable technicians install the gas lines, and also, have the gas lines inspected routinely for damage.
Some of the problems that can cause damage to exterior gas lines include earthquakes, flooding, soil erosion and aging of the materials.
2. Maintain A Home’s Natural Gas Furnace
Make sure to maintain a home’s natural gas furnace by cleaning it with a soft cloth to remove debris along with changing its air filter once a month. Don’t pile things around a furnace that is located in a utility closet or basement because it will prevent the proper flow of air.
Inspect a home’s ventilation systems to make sure that the items aren’t covered with rugs, draperies or other items.
3. Clean A Dryer’s Hoses And Filters
Homeowners with natural gas dryers should clean the lint filters after each load of laundry to reduce the usage of natural gas.
At least once a year, it is imperative to remove and clean the dryer’s exhaust hose so that the hot air flows properly through the device.
4. Replace Old Water Heaters
Our Edmonton natural gas providers recommend replacing old water heaters with modern appliances that use less fuel. Many homes have ancient water heaters that are inefficient with holding tanks that are filled with sediments.
5. Keep Stoves And Ovens Clean
When homeowners have natural gas ovens or stoves, we recommend keeping the items clean so that food will cook faster. Avoid storing pans and other items on or near the stove and oven because it can make it more difficult for the heat from the natural gas fuel to flow freely.
6. Reduce The Temperature On A Water Heater
Make sure to turn down the temperature slightly on a water heater to reduce the use of natural gas to heat water. Read the water heater’s manual to understand how to do this properly.
7. Cook Foods Faster On A Stove Or In An Oven
By using the correct size of pan on top of the stove, it is possible to cook foods faster. Make sure to use lids on the pans or skillets to keep the heat inside the item. When a homeowner is using an oven, fill it with extra food to freeze and use later.
8. Make Sure That The Windows In A Home Are Closed
A homeowner should verify that a home’s windows are closed completely and locked securely to prevent the loss of climate-controlled air during the autumn and the winter.
Hanging thick draperies over the windows will also keep the warm air inside a home.
9. Wash Full Loads Of Dishes In A Dishwasher
While using a dishwasher, we recommend filling it completely before turning it on to wash the dishes, pans and utensils. This will prevent the excess usage of hot water from a natural gas water heater.
10. Use Cold Water For Washing Laundry
Use cold water for washing most of the laundry in a home to avoid using the water that is heated by a home’s natural gas water heater.