Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Leslie Reed, randomly selected winner of a $200 Home Depot Gift Card for sharing her energy-saving tip. Thank you to everyone who submitted your great energy saving tips — we love all of your ideas!
Your suggestions are so helpful, we plan to share many of them again in upcoming Friday Efficiency Facts.
Here’s hoping your 2012 energy-saving techniques will help you save tons of cash and energy!
Happy New Year!
Two-Thousand-Twelve. What does that mean to you? For many, the start of a new year means a few things: Think clean slate. Think fresh start. Think new beginning. It’s the time of year many of us try to get back on track and set some goals to make some changes and improvements in our lives.
The top resolutions people make this time of year? The usual suspects: Lose weight, get fit, eat healthier, quit *insert bad habit here*, save money, save the planet. While we can’t promise you we can help you trim your waistline and put down that donut (we’re having trouble with that one, too), we can certainly lend a hand when it comes to saving money and the planet. Because at UGI, those are two very important concepts to us.
So here’s what we’re thinking:
First, by choosing natural gas, you automatically have an advantage, because this affordable, efficient fuel offers a great way to save money and conserve energy.
- On average, customers who heat with natural gas save $1,000 per year over oil or electric. If you are not currently using natural gas for heating, use our free, online Home Heating Savings Calculator to find out how much you’ll save.
- Historically, natural gas has had more price stability than oil. Oil prices are at an all-time high, while natural gas prices continue to stabilize and decrease, in part due to Marcellus Shale development.
Natural gas is also the cleanest fossil fuel:
- When used for water heating and space heating, cooking and clothes drying, natural gas creates about 30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than using electric.
- Annual carbon emissions are reduced by 66% by switching from oil heat to natural gas; 166% by switching from electric heat to natural gas.
To get even more bang for your buck, there are many ways for you to increase your $$ savings in your home by utilizing some simple energy savings tips and resources.
Did you know? According to the US Dept. of Energy, you can save about 10% per year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. A programmable thermostat can help you do that by lowering your home’s temperature automatically while you are away and bringing it back up to your desired temperature when you return home.
Second, we’d like to offer you an even bigger leg up on your resolution keeping: Share your best tip for energy savings in the new year with a comment on this blog post by Friday, Jan. 13, and you will be entered into a chance to win a free programmable thermostat valued at $200 (or gift card equivalent).
Think of it as our way of cheering you on in your New Year’s resolution efforts. We applaud you!
In the meantime, we’ll join you in trying to put down those donuts…