April showers bring May flowers. And, April’s warmer-than-normal weather has many of us yearning to get our gardens green and growing. In fact, temperatures in April were 12 percent warmer than normal and 19 percent warmer than the same time last year. That’s a pretty good start to enjoying longer days and planning your favorite summer activities.
There are things you can do at home to help save energy and money! Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Set your water heater to 120ºF.
- Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home. Using ceiling fans or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
- 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 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 email@example.com.