Michigan winters can be harsh on more than just our roads. As the temperature drops and you begin to hibernate indoors, your heating system starts working for the season. However, during extreme weather, your system is working overtime to keep you warm, and this can increase your energy costs and demand for natural gas. 

To address these frigid days, we recommend small actions you can take to lower your natural gas use, helping you save on your energy bill and reducing overall demand. 

    1. Adjust your thermostat. Consider dialing down the temperature of your thermostat by 5-8°F when you’re asleep or away from home. If you have one, you may be inclined to turn on your gas fireplace, but consider grabbing a blanket or layering up instead.
    2. Take advantage of sunlight. Use the natural warmth of sunlight from south-facing windows to help heat your home and cover them at night to reduce drafts.
    3. Do laundry efficiently. Your washer and dryer are some of your most-used appliances. Use the cold water setting whenever possible. Water heating can account for up to 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer. You can also increase your energy savings and safety by cleaning the lint filter on your dryer after every load but don’t overload it. 
    4. Get creative with dinner. If you use a gas stove or oven to cook dinner, try one-pot meals or cook multiple dishes in the oven to minimize the time and energy used. A crockpot is another energy-efficient option. 

Learn more ways to save all winter long.