March marked the start of spring. Baseball season kicked off and flowers began to bloom. And by then most everyone was ready for warmer weather and the outdoor activities that accompany it. Mother Nature, however, had other plans.
March roared in like a lion with more snow and ice, and winter was not ready to say goodbye. During the month, temperatures were 21 percent colder than normal, making it the third consecutive month weather was more than 10 percent colder than normal. Lower temperatures continued to drive bills higher, but better weather is on its way ... at least that’s what we believe.
You can manage your payments with our Budget Plan where your anticipated bills are spread out equally over twelve months. And if you're already enrolled in the Budget Plan, you know how convenient it can be. If you are interested in enrolling, you can register online at My Account. Or call 800-221-0051 and say “Budget Plan” when prompted for the reason you are calling. Be sure to have your account number handy.
There are also things you can do at home to help save energy and money! Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Turn down the heat at night or when you’re out of the house. You can save as much as 15 percent in energy costs by turning your thermostat down 10 degrees.
- Make sure your furnace filter is clean. A dirty filter will slow down airflow that, in turn, will make the system work harder and waste energy.
- ENERGY STAR® estimates, in typical houses, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ductwork. This may result in an inefficient HVAC system, high utility bills and difficulty keeping your house comfortable – no matter what temperature the thermostat is set to. Check out The SAVEGREEN Project®, NJNG’s energy-efficiency program, to learn how a Home Energy Analysis can help you identify and fix those energy losses. You may even qualify to have it done at no cost.
You may also be eligible for energy assistance or home energy improvement programs that are available to help income-qualified households better manage their energy costs. The programs are implemented through state-designated agencies throughout New Jersey and each may have different eligibility criteria. A list of federal, state and NJNG-sponsored energy assistance and home energy improvement programs can be found on our Payment Assistance page.
If you have additional questions regarding energy assistance, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.