Gas Customers Asked to Conserve, Turn Down the Heat

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — In anticipation of the extreme cold weather that will stick with the area through next week, local gas companies are asking customers to conserve.

Dominion and Columbia Gas are asking that customers voluntarily turn down their thermostats and reduce gas usage as much as possible over the next few days.

According to Dominion, conserving will help keep down bills and keep natural gas supplies flowing to all customers.

Columbia Gas says that peak natural gas demand is anticipated on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Columbia provided the following tips to conserve and lower money on heating bills:

      • Set thermostats as low as appropriate to maintain health and comfort.
      • Dress in layers appropriate for the temperature setting.
      • Limit use of natural gas appliances, especially during the early morning hours.
      • Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
      • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, including overhead garage doors.
      • Make sure doors have weather stripping and door sweeps.
      • Install indoor window insulation kits on leaky windows.
      • Seal off unheated, unused rooms.
      • Open south-facing curtains and blinds during the day, and close them at night.
      • Remove snow and ice from gas meters.
      • Take extreme care with space heaters. Make sure they are placed away from combustible materials and, if necessary, properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

17 comments

    • Mark

      Actually, quite a bit. You don’t have to dress like you are going out, but you also don’t need to be in a short sleeve shirt. Turning down the heat isn’t going to really conserve energy, because since it is colder you’ll be using more to maintain the heat… so lowering it won’t necessarily reduce your gas bill…

    • Angela

      Couldn’t agree with you more? We have been trying to be conservative with our gas bill for years. Their suggestion to us is nothing new.

  • Sean Spring

    65 daytime temp, 62 night temp. a sweater on during the day and an extra blanket on the bed at night keeps my gas bill under 100.00 a month, for a 1100 sq ft home!

  • janice

    Stores need to cut the heat down. My god when you go shoppping its so hot inside the stores that ya start peeling off coats and cant wait to get out of the store.. hard to breath as hot as it is inside the stores lately

    • Shane

      So true! I feel like I’m going to pass out in most of the stores and am driven to leave before I can even finish my shopping!

  • Ivan

    As a FF who works in the inner city, I want to know why people living in public housing projects are able to turn their thermostats up as high as they go – they do NOT pay for the gas used, the taxpayers pay for it! I go into these projects and it is so stifling hot, mixed with the stench of their filth, and you want to throw up. They run around in there in shorts and tank tops and leave a window open because they aren’t paying for anything.

    This is where your tax dollars are going!

  • Kevin B.

    this is a direct result of gas companys adding thousands of customers and not upgrading the infrastructure to handle the increased demand. they just raise rates and keep the money for themselves. we have so much natural gas we are actually exporting it. the prices dont reflect that little known fact though.

  • YaFace

    Seriously 68 is the lowest you can set your stat? Mine is set at a balmy 60-62°. If it gets any hotter than that I am dying. My gas bill is like 60 a month year round.

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