CenterPoint Reports Jump in Gas Consumption with Colder than Average Temperatures

Updated: 12/17/2013 1:15 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 12:39 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Minnesota has been experiencing colder than average temperatures for the first half of December and this has led to an increase in gas consumption, according to CenterPoint Energy.

CenterPoint Energy reported seeing a 97 percent increase in consumption by natural gas customers and estimated bills might be twice as high in December as they were in November.

Temperatures have been 36 percent colder than average in Minnesota for the first half of December.

A few ways to manage energy costs include making your home more energy efficient and lowering energy consumption. Furnaces account for the most natural gas used in a home and make up about 70 percent of gas bills, according to CenterPoint.

CenterPoint gives these energy saving tips:

  • Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're at home and 65 degrees when you are not. By lowering the thermostat 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day, you will save an estimated 10 percent on heating costs.
  • Change air filters monthly. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and increase the operating cost of your furnace.
  • Set water heater temperatures at 120 degrees and wrap any exposed water heater pipes. Also consider installing a water heater insulator blanket around the tank.
  • Run washing machine, dish washers and gas dryers with only full loads.
  • On sunny days, open blinds and drapes to let sun's warmth in and close them at night to insulate against the cold air outside.
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