SoCalGas Conservation Tips Help Customers Put A Blanket On Winter Natural Gas Bills, Focus On Savings

SoCalGas Conservation Tips Help Customers Put A Blanket On Winter Natural Gas
                           Bills, Focus On Savings

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As winter chills continue to hit the
southland, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is offering energy and
money-saving tips and encouraging customers to take simple steps to help them
stay warm while keeping a blanket on natural gas bills. Home heating is the
number one natural gas use for residential customers, accounting for up to 65
percent of a home's total winter gas use.

"We know that a typical home's natural gas use for heating increases during
colder months, sometimes up to three times more than in warmer seasons. A
good way to help lower winter gas bills is to conserve in two key areas that
can account for most of our gas use: home and water heating," said Hal Snyder,
vice president of customer solutions for SoCalGas.

"SoCalGas is committed to helping customers manage their energy costs and has
programs that can help. We encourage customers to visit our website for
energy-saving tips, rebates and bill-assistance programs," Snyder added.
SoCalGas offers these tips for a warm and energy-efficient winter:

  oSave up to 30 percent on heating costs by lowering your furnace thermostat
    by three to five degrees (health permitting).
  oInstall a programmable thermostat to help automatically regulate your
    home's temperature for comfort control and energy savings.
  oKeep your heating system tuned up to operate at maximum efficiency. Clean
    or replace furnace filters according to manufacturer recommendations and
    keep all heating vents and furnace registers free of dirt, lint and
  oCaulk and weather-strip drafty windows and doors.
  oOpen your drapes and shades during the day, allowing the sun to warm your
    house. Close them at night to limit the amount of heat that escapes.

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in the average home and
there are four key ways to cut water heating costs: use less hot water, turn
down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, or buy a
new, more efficient model. Setting your water heater's thermostat at or
slightly below the manufacturer's recommendation may prevent scalding and help
lower energy costs. While some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at
140ºF, most households usually only require them set at 120ºF.

  oIf you have a gas water heater, turn it to the "Pilot" setting when you go
    on vacation.
  oInsulate exterior, uncovered hot water pipes.
  oTake shorter, cooler showers rather than baths and install low-flow,
    water-saving showerheads. Showers can account for over 50 percent of your
    hot water usage.
  oSave up to 10 percent of hot water costs by washing full laundry loads in
    cold water and wash full loads in the dishwasher.
  oFix leaky faucets. One drop of hot water per second can waste 500 gallons
    a year.

Through December 31, 2013, SoCalGas is offering the following rebates: a $200
rebate on central furnaces, a $50 rebate on qualifying gravity wall furnaces
and rebates of up to $75 on qualifying storage water heaters and up to $200 on
qualifying tankless water heaters.

In addition, SoCalGas offers assistance programs such as a 20 percent rate
discount for income-qualified customers, no-cost home energy upgrades for
qualifying customers and more. If customers are having trouble paying their
bill, SoCalGas may even be able to offer payment arrangements. For more
information on rebates, conservation and simple home improvement tips, or to
learn about customer assistance programs, customers should visit SoCalGas'
website at or call (800) 427-2200. Customers are asked to
have their account number handy for faster service.

About Southern California Gas Co.

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable
natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation's
largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million
consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500
communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000
square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the
Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:


SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.

Contact: Javier Mendoza, Southern California Gas Co., +1-877-643-2331,
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