Gastonia, N.C., Jan. 24, 2013 … Cold weather will always put heating systems to work, but there are some tried and true tips that can help homeowners hold down their heating costs.
- Set the thermostat at 68°F. Each degree above 68° can significantly increase heating costs.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature even further than 68° overnight or while no one is at home.
- Caulk around windows and replace old weather stripping around doors to keep the 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.
- On sunny days, open curtains on your south-facing windows to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce any chill or drafts.
Although winter is well underway, it’s never too late for PSNC Energy customers to enroll in the company’s budget billing program. This program can help customers avoid fluctuations in their bill, particularly weather-related ones. Here’s how it works:
- Based on a home’s usage history, PSNC Energy will estimate bills for the next 12 months and spread that amount into 12 equal payments.
- For more details on the Budget Billing program or to sign up, customers can call toll-free at 1-877-776-2427 or visit psncenergy.com/budgetbill.
PSNC Energy is always ready to help customers weather the effects of bitter temperatures. Customers with any payment concerns are urged to contact the natural gas utility – preferably before the due date.
- PSNC Energy customer service representatives can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing toll-free: 1-877-776-2427.
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 497,000 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 www.psncenergy.com.