Gastonia, N.C., (Nov. 5, 2009) ... Dropping temperatures are giving November a chilly start, which means home heating systems will soon start to run. To help customers hold down monthly heating costs, PSNC Energy recommends taking a few inexpensive measures.
- Replace your old thermostat with a programmable model that automatically lowers the temperature when you are away from home and raises it before you arrive.
- Put on a sweater and set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. For heating, each degree above 68 degrees increases your costs by 5 to 10 percent.
- Caulk around windows and replace old weather stripping around doors to keep cold air out.
- Check air filters. Dirty air filters increase your energy usage and can also damage your heating system. Be sure to use filters approved for your specific system.
PSNC Energy customers can also take advantage of several online tools to evaluate home energy efficiency. Appliance calculators, a home energy audit program and an energy analyzer tool are all available at psncenergy.com/save.
Finally, there’s some benefit to PSNC Energy customers who have to upgrade their heating system before the full blast of winter weather arrives. Those who replace an existing natural gas furnace with a high efficiency natural gas model may be eligible for a $100 rebate. More information about PSNC Energy’s appliance rebates can be found at psncenergy.com/rebate.
PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to approximately 460,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s Web site at psncenergy.com.