What should you do to get your house ready for fall? The fall home maintenance checklist is an important part of managing your home investment. Here are 17 home maintenance tips for fall, with a special section on prepping your natural gas furnace for heating season.
Save on gas bill
Heating bills too high? Here’s the best thermostat setting for cold weather if you want to save on your heating bill. Your natural gas furnace is the biggest consumer of gas in your home, more than your other appliances combined. Managing your home temperature can cut costs from your bill.
Water heater maintenance is an important step to keep your natural gas bill under control. Although heaters that run on natural gas use less energy and are more cost-effective than electric water heaters, they aren’t necessarily problem-free. High gas bills could still be a concern if you don’t maintain your water heater properly.
Water heaters account for approximately 17% of your total household energy expenditure, according to Energy.gov. That’s why it’s important to understand how gas water heaters work and how to maintain them.
When it comes to apartment natural gas bills or natural gas in your rental home, there are only a few things you can control. Your landlord has chosen the furnace and other appliances in your building, so replacement for more efficient models is out of the question.
But, you can focus on the two things you can control. First, your choice of natural gas supplier, to get a low rate. And second, your natural gas usage, to keep your bill low. Here’s information on both.