Throughout the country, local utilities are helping their customers save energy and save money. In 2010, utilities invested nearly $838 million in natural gas efficiency programs. In 2011, America’s natural gas utilities budgeted nearly $1.2 billion towards energy efficiency and cost-saving programs that provide valuable tools, incentives and information to help customers understand and reduce their energy usage.
The savings have been passed on to their customers. Today, the American Gas Association released their Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report for 2010 which shows that through these programs, customers saved $62 per household last year.
Natural gas utilities provide valuable tools, incentives and information to help their customers understand and reduce their energy usage, including:
- Low‐interest financing, cash rebates and other financial subsidies for high‐efficiency natural gas appliance purchases and whole home or building efficiency improvements
- Home energy audits, weatherization kits, programmable thermostats, and telephone hotlines
- Information on insulation and high‐efficiency appliances
- Experienced and reliable appliance and service providers
- Web‐based information resources and energy usage calculators
Improvements like tighter‐fitting windows and doors, better insulation, and increased attention to thermostat control can translate into big energy savings. In fact, customers that lower their thermostats by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can save 5 to 15 percent on their energy bill.