Weather is a big factor in how much you pay to heat your home during the winter. Cold weather drives up the amount of natural gas to heat your home, which has a significant impact on your bill. Help control your costs this winter by following some simple tips below.
- Seal the leaks and close the gaps. Caulk, seal and weatherstrip doors and windows. Rebates available for Iowa customers.
- Keep it shut. Traditional fireplaces are an energy loser because they pull heated air out of the house and release it up the chimney. When not in use, keep the damper closed. Make sure there are no smoldering embers before closing the damper.
- Turn fans off. Kitchen and bath-ventilating fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if left on. Turn them off after they've done their job.
- Replace your furnace filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Changing or cleaning your filter once a month helps your bill and the quality of air you breathe.
- Schedule a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use. Rebates available for Iowa customers.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Or program the one you already have. Set it so your heating costs will go down when you are away or asleep. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range, you’ll save up to 5% on heating costs. Rebates available for Iowa customers.
- Keep meters clear. Be sure to clear the snow and ice from your energy meters - especially your natural gas meter. This is an important even for customers who participate in the AMI Smart Grid program, where meter readers do not make routine visits. Snow and ice can damage gas meters and pipes. Use a broom to keep gas service equipment clear during the winter. Vents for gas appliances must also be cleared following a major snow or ice storm to enable proper venting and prevent carbon monoxide accumulation.
- More ideas on ways to save. Here are 10 easy ways to save energy this winter.
Program-certified contractors can identify how much energy your home uses and recommend improvements that will help save money and increase comfort.
Learn more about what’s available in your state.
The federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying households
with the costs of energy used for home heating and cooling.
The Weatherization Assistance Program
helps reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income families by improving energy efficiency of their homes.
Balancing your budget can be a juggling act, but with Budget Billing
you can spread heating and cooling costs over the entire year. You'll pay the same amount each month so you can budget effectively - with no seasonal surprises.
If you're having trouble paying your bill in full, call us right away at 1-800-255-4268. We can help you set up a payment arrangement to pay past-due bills over an extended period of time. To avoid service disconnection, it is very important to take action on past due bills immediately.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas that can be poisonous or fatal. Devices that use any of the following fuels can potentially create CO: natural gas, propane, wood, oil, gasoline, coal and methane. To stay safe, follow these tips:
- Keep your heating and cooking appliances in good working order and schedule a furnace tuneup.
- Do not ever leave your car running in the garage, even if the door is open.
- Install CO detectors and test them regularly.
- During and after a snowstorm, clear the snow off of your outside vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace.
- Never use gas or charcoal grills indoors.
- If you use a generator, keep it away from windows, doors and vent openings.
- If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY. Carbon monoxide can rapidly lead to incapacitation and death. If you experience serious symptoms, get medical attention right away.