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Be an Energy Saver

You can do a lot to save natural gas in your home. Natural gas is a nonrenewable resource, which means we can't make more of it once the earth's supplies are gone. Here are some ways to make sure your household uses gas wisely.


  • Set your heating thermostat to the lowest temperature that still keeps your home comfy—some recommend 68° F by day and 55° F by night.
  • Close all window coverings at night to retain indoor heat.
  • ThermostatClose doors quickly when you enter or leave a house where heat is on.
  • Ask an adult to make sure the fireplace damper is closed when the heating system is on so heated air doesn't escape up the chimney.
  • Ask an adult to change heating filters at the start of each heating season.

Clothesline dryingAppliances:

  • Use a clothesline when possible.
  • Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it.
  • Wash and dry full loads of laundry.
  • Clean out the dryer lint filter before each load to improve airflow and reduce fire risk.

Shower curtainBathing:

  • Take short showers or half-full baths.
  • Water-saving showerheads help conserve even more.
  • Tell an adult about any leaky faucets.


  • BakingSet the flame just high enough to cover the pot bottom. It saves energy and is safer than a higher flame.
  • Cover pots when cooking.
  • Don't open the oven too often.



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