Understanding How to Read Your Gas Bill: Your Way to Real Energy Savings
Understanding how to read your gas bill can help you save money by keeping utility costs under control. You can also reduce costs with regular maintenance.
How to Read Your Gas Bill
First, let’s look at some important terms. The baseline allowance is the amount of energy that the utility company calculates that your home and family will need. If you use more than this allowance, your costs will increase based on a tiered system. The amount of gas used is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. You may also see measurements in Therms, CCF, or MCF.
Most utility companies include a payment history on their bill. That way, you can see how much the gas bill cost at the same time last year. If your gas bill goes up, you should have your heating system serviced to increase its efficiency. You may be able to save money and energy over time by having old ductwork and insulation replaced. Servicing your heating system regularly will even improve the air quality.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Gas Bill
Here are some more tips to help you save money on your gas bill in winter.
- Make sure your home is insulated well, and avoid heating unused rooms like spare bedrooms and garages.
- Use a programmable thermostat. That way, you can adjust the heat automatically depending on the time of day. For example, many people reduce their heat when they’re at work. You can set the thermostat to turn the heat up before you get home so that the house will be warm when you arrive.
Since most utility companies charge more per unit if you use more gas than expected, it is especially important to understand how to read your gas bill. A high bill lets you know that your heating system is not working as well as it should.
Contact us at Balance Point Heating and Air Conditioning for an expert service or repair appointment. We also install new heaters and air conditioners, and we have been serving the Fort Collins area for over 15 years.