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Posted on: January 9, 2023

SoCalGas Shares Helpful Tips to Lower Energy Usage and Bill Costs this Winter

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With colder, rainy temperatures and an increase in natural gas prices, SoCalGas is warning customers to likely expect a higher gas bill and encouraging ways to save this winter. As heating systems work harder to keep the temperature inside warmer, customers on average can experience a three to seven times increase in their natural gas usage and utility bill costs.  

Here’s what you can do to reduce natural gas costs:  

  • Lower thermostats by 5 to 8 degrees
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Have air ducts checked for leaks and repaired immediately
  • Clean or replace furnace filters
  • Limit the use of non-essential natural gas appliances such as spas, pool heaters, and fireplaces

Wondering why your natural gas bill is higher? 

  • There’s an upward rise in natural gas wholesale market prices nationwide
  • Heating accounts for more than 50 percent of a customer’s total natural gas bill
  • Water heaters can account for 25 percent of natural gas use and work longer and harder to heat water in the winter

Learn more from SoCalGas about how to reduce your energy usage and help lower your bills. SoCalGas encourages customers to sign up for weekly bill tracker alerts to monitor gas consumption, take steps to reduce usage, and avoid bill surprises. Alerts will be sent through email or text and include a bill-to-date and projected next bill amount to help you manage your energy bills as easily as possible.

Eligible customers may also sign up for a Level Pay Plan (LPP), which averages your annual natural gas use and costs over 12 months, or one of the other assistance programs offered by SoCalGas. Please call 1 (800) 427-2200 for more info.

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