With the stormy arrival of winter and predictions of record-high winter heating bills, the Gas Company is advising customers to inspect their heaters and furnaces and perform any needed maintenance to ensure safe and energy-efficient operation.
Arrangements can be made with the Gas Company for safety checks, which include inspection of burner flames, replacement of furnace filters and checks of the venting.
Proper maintenance of home furnaces can help prevent production of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and toxic gas, and reduce winter gas bills.
Gas bills may also be lowered by installing energy-efficient appliances.
By purchasing high-efficiency appliances and other heat-saving products, customers may be qualify for rebates of $200 for furnaces, up to $75 for clothes washers, $30 for water heaters, $30 for dishwashers and 15 cents per square foot on wall or attic insulation.
“The savings start with purchase rebates but don’t end there,” said Michelle Mueller, vice president of customer service for The Gas Company. “Customers continue to save as their energy-efficient appliances use less natural gas over time.
“We want customers to see energy efficiency as the best way to take control over their energy costs,” Mueller said. “It’s an important response to the higher cost of natural gas, which has increased nationwide.”The Gas Company is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, with 19.5 million consumers. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in most of central and Southern California community. It is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.