ONG’s tips to save money and energy this winter


Oklahoma Natural Gas is offering at least 8 tips to its customers to save money and energy in the coming winter months.

The utility says now is a perfect time to prepare your home for the dropping temperatures.

It suggests getting a qualified contractor to inspect your heating system every year to check your furnace and make sure it is operating at peak efficiency and to fix any potential problems.

Close the damper when your fireplace is not in use to keep warm air inside.

Clean or replace your air filters regularly to help your home’s system run more efficiently and decrease the risk of carbon monoxide.

Apply weather-stripping and caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss.

Close curtains and shades at night to keep the cold out, but leave them open on sunny days to allow the sun to warm your home during the day.

Seal and insulate your ductwork to prevent air from escaping through any gaps.

Install inexpensive foam gaskets to seal electrical switches and outlets. They can account for up to 10% of a home’s energy loss.

Use a programmable thermostat or turn down the temperature when you are away from home to reduce energy consumption.