Typically, the weather gets warmer and drier in June, when spring is merging into summer. but the temperatures this June were cooler than average (60s and 70s) — with ample rainfall. In the summer months, that’s not necessarily bad news when it comes to your energy bills. So, open up your windows and let some fresh air in. Then, get outside to enjoy the beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables and sunshine. Remember, 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.
- According to ENERGY STAR® estimates, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct systems of a typical house 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.