PSE&G Heating Tips Control Energy Costs

                   PSE&G Heating Tips Control Energy Costs


PR Newswire

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 31, 2012

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cold weather has arrived, and
heating systems are working hard. Don't let the warm air escape from your
home. With natural gas prices at historic lows, PSE&G's residential customers
are paying 39 percent less for gas than in Jan. 2009. But there are simple
ways to lower your bill even more.

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Some ways to stay warm and manage your heating bill this winter:

  oLower your thermostat by just one degree, which may reduce your heating
    bill by up to 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2
    degrees during the day and 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime, if health
    conditions permit.

  oCheck for sufficient water levels in the sight glass for hot water and
    steam heating systems to ensure maximum efficiency. Clean or replace the
    furnace filter on hot air heating systems.

  oClose dampers in fireplaces you don't use.

  oWrap the outlet pipe with inexpensive flexible insulating tubing to reduce
    the time it takes for hot water to reach your shower. Set your hot water
    heater to no more than 120 degrees.

  oMove furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and
    baseboard element covers. Open any register or baseboard dampers.

  oCover window air conditioners to reduce drafts. Install insulated or lined
    drapes on your windows.

  oUse weather stripping or one-sided sticky tape to seal up cracks and
    prevent drafts in windows and doorframes. Caulk smaller gaps. Beneath
    doors, install draft guards available at hardware stores.

  oUse a shrink film insulation kit on really drafty windows or make one
    yourself from plastic sheeting and double-faced tape.

  oSeal wall switches and electrical outlets with small foam gaskets
    available from home improvement centers and hardware stores. Remove the
    cover plate, insert the gasket, and screw the cover plate back in place.

  oIf you have a door leading outside from your basement, hang a full-size
    sheet of plastic from the door frame to keep heat from escaping. Seal
    windows in the basement with plastic to create a barrier against the cold.
    (Make sure you allow enough air supply to keep your fuel-burning
    appliances safely.)

  oKeep your garage door closed if the garage is attached to the house.

  oIf your budget permits, install (or have installed) a programmable
    thermostat that you can set to automatically lower room temperatures when
    rooms are not in use and also at bedtime if health conditions permit.

  oVisit PSE&G's Home Energy Toolkit at You can
    calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find out how to save
    energy and money on appliances and heating systems.

Other PSE&G Programs and Services Available:

  oHigh usage of natural gas during cold spells may result in
    higher-than-normal bills. Customers can take advantage of the utility's
    Equal Payment Plan to manage the fluctuating cost. Residential customers
    can enroll by calling 1-888-275-PSEG (7734).

  oCustomers struggling to pay winter heating and electric bills may receive
    help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), NJ
    SHARES or the TRUE Grant.

     oThe LIHEAP program is based on family size and last month's income and
       is geared to those who are lower income. Applications for LIHEAP are
       available at the PSE&G customer service centers listed on your bill.
       Information about LIHEAP can be found at or by
       calling 800-510-3102 Monday through Saturday.

     oNJ SHARES (1-866-NJSHARES) and the TRUE Grant (1-855-465-8783) both
       help moderate income households that are not eligible for LIHEAP. To
       apply online or for more information, visit

For more energy saving tips, visit

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a
subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG),
a diversified energy company (

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Contact: Kristine Snodgrass, +1-973-430-7734
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