Home Energy Fuel reduction ideas
Natural Gas is commonly measured in Therms. When you burn one therm of natural gas, you generate 11.7 lbs of CO2. Your utility bill likely gives your usage of natural gas in therms.
Unlike electricity, which is used by hundreds of things in your home, you probably use natural gas for only a handful of things. And typically, space heating is far and away the biggest consumer.
We recommend you begin by simply listing the appliances in your home that use natural gas. A typical list could include:
* central or wall furnace * hot water heater * gas clothes drier * stove top
Next, take a look at your gas usage over time (on the Trends page in EcoShift). You'll probably see that usage is very seasonal...high in the cold months and very low in the summer months if you live in a colder climate zone.
During the colder months you're best bets are going to be reducing the amount of heat loss from your home and reducing the temperature you're trying to maintain.