50% of the oil used in the U.S. comes from foreign sources.
In contrast, 90 percent of the natural gas used domestically
comes from the continental U.S.
is domestically generated, but it's far from efficient.
The process of generating electricity can consume tremendous
amounts of natural resources. According to the U.S. Department
of Energy, by the time electricity goes from its source
to an appliance, its overall efficiency is only about 29
gas, which is efficiently transported from its sources via
pipelines, offers source efficiency of around 91%. Choosing
natural gas as your primary fuel is a great way to conserve
natural resources and reduce our country's dependence of
conscious of energy usage and making wise choices when you
buy new home appliances will reduce your energy costs...and
help future generations of Americans.
it's time to replace a heating system, a range, a dryer or a
water heater - or when you're designing or buying a new home
- remember that natural gas a fuel source is much more efficient
than electricity. And, gas appliances cost much less to operate,
air conditioning equipment sized by a qualified professional
and serviced regularly
air conditioning is used, keep windows and doors shut. Check
the seals periodically to prevent cold air from leaking
off electric stereos, televisions, computers and lights
when not in use and consider connecting lights to dimmer
switches or timers.
the sink or a dishpan with hot water to wash dishes by hand,
rather than letting the hot water run down the drain. Use
cool water to rinse.
air intake and ventilation panels on refrigerators clean
and unobstructed. Built-up dust and lint can make your refrigerator
motor work overtime
run your disposal unnecessarily. Use cold water to help
solidify fats for easier disposing.
cooking equipment offers precision performance even during
electric power outages. And, a gas range can cook two meals
for the cost of one cooked electrically.
to space conditioning, water heating consumes the largest
amount of energy in most homes. For this reason it makes sense
to use the most efficient and economical water heater. A gas
water heater heats water twice as fast as electric models
and will save you up to $200 a year in energy costs.
combination of the following conservation tips can save you
more than 20% on the water-heating portion of your bill.
use the "hot" setting on your gas water heater
thermostat. Turning it down to "warm" (about 120
degrees F) can reduce gas consumption by up to 8%.
the setting down as far as it will go (usually counterclockwise)
during non-use periods can reduce gas up to 10%. Refer to
your owner's manual for detailed instructions. Using the
ON/PILOT/OFF knob instead of the thermostat causes premature
wear and is not recommended.
your old gas water heater with a newer model and you'll
reduce gas usage by 20%, thanks to improved tank insulation.
water leaks promptly. A pinhole leak can waste more than
429 gallons of hot water each month!
your water heater tank and pipes. Just 1-1/2 inches of extra
insulation reduces heat loss and can cut gas energy use
other year, flush water from the bottom drain of the water
heater to remove sediment. Follow manufacturer's instructions
or contact a licensed plumbing contractor for assistance.
a flow restriction device on a low-flow shower-head to minimize
hot water use.
faster showers or use less than a full tub of water.
aerators on your faucets.
let hot water run unnecessarily.
laundry room equipped with a gas dryer and water heater will
save you loads of time and energy.
A gas dryer will dry three loads for the cost of one dried
electrically. Newer gas dryers with pilotless ignition systems
can reduce gas energy usage by as much as 15%. Here are more
ways to save:
any accumulated material from the exterior moisture exhaust
wash loads so that heavy and light items can be dried separately.
Use brief time settings and low heat for light garments,
longer settings only heavy items such as towels.
the correct cycle for the fabric being dried.
clothes as soon they're dry to reduce wrinkles and ironing.
careful not to over-dry. Tumbling a dry load damages fabrics
and wastes energy.
overloading or running partial loads.
the lint screen after each load to cut down on drying time.
water accounts for 90% of the energy used by the washing
machine. Wash in cold water when possible.
the soak or pre-soak cycle for heavily soiled items instead
of washing them twice. You save energy and your clothes
will last longer.
energy-efficient natural gas space heating system will save
you hundreds of dollars each year when compared to electric
strip heating or a heat pump. The following tips will help
you save even more:
thermostats to 65-70 degrees during the day and at least
5 degrees lower when sleeping. (Warmer temperatures are
recommended for homes with ill or elderly persons and/or
thermostats to 58 degrees when away from home for more than
a few hours. (Less energy is used to bring your home up
to the desired temperature than is used to maintain that
to hold on to the heat you pay for. The Council of American
Building Officials recommends a minimum R-Value of 30 in
your area for ceilings and attics of new homes.
vents and doors in areas of the home that do not need to
or clean filters in heating units at least twice a year
and have system regularly maintained by a qualified contractor.
leaks around doors and windows with caulking or weatherstripping.
storm or thermal windows and doors, double paned glass or
plastic sheeting to retain heat.
shades and draperies to take advantage of the sun's warmth.
shopping for any new household appliances or equipment, it's
important to compare efficiency ratings and annual operating
costs. A slightly higher initial cost for a more efficient
unit can be quickly recovered through lower utility bills.
home equipped with natural gas heating, water heating, clothes
drying, cooking, outdoor lighting and hearth equipment will
not only help you to conserve valuable natural resources,
but will also save you as much as $560 a year
in energy costs. *
South Coast Gas Co., Inc. to find out how
easy it is to save energy and money by switching to efficient
based on average annual consumption of an 1800 square foot
home in south Louisiana. Cost of gas 1.01/Ccf. cost of electricity