(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Public Service Electric and Gas Company and received
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October 23, 2013
PSE&G Cuts Gas Bills by a Third for November and December Usage
Customers to save about $93 depending on usage
33 percent bill credit is on top of four years of declining gas
(Newark, NJ - October 23, 2013) Public Service Electric and Gas
(PSE&G) announced today that it is providing a two-month bill
credit for its residential gas customers that will cut the
typical monthly bill by about 33 percent in both November and
The bill credit of 35 cents per therm, including NJ Sales and
Use Tax (SUT), will reduce the current supply rate of
approximately 54 cents to 19 cents per therm including SUT for
usage in November and December.
With the bill credit factored in, a typical residential heating
customer using 106 therms in November and 160 therms in December
would see a reduction in their two-month bill to $188.65 from
$281.75 for a savings of $93.10. Depending on meter reading
schedules, many customers will see some of the credit in
November and December, with the remainder in January.
This latest action by the utility is in addition to nine
decreases in a row for residential customers since January 2009
that saves the typical customer about $674 per year. A 15-cent
per therm bill credit for February 2012 usage provided an
additional $24 in savings.
“We’re pleased that we can provide this substantial credit to
our customers, especially at this time of year,” said Jorge
Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and
centralized services. “This bill credit will return money to
customers as temperatures are dropping and they strive to keep
their winter heating bills affordable.
“Since 2009, PSE&G’s residential gas customers have benefitted
from steady reductions in the cost of natural gas,” Cardenas
said. “Annual bills for residential heating customers have
dropped about 39 percent as a result. Our close proximity to the
abundance of gas supply in the Marcellus Shale Formation in
Pennsylvania, plus our transportation and storage capabilities
and the way we manage our pipeline contracts, enabled us to
seize this opportunity to once again reduce costs for our
In addition to the two-month credit, the utility offers some
steps customers can take to reduce their costs even further.
• Check 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
• Lower 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.
• Close dampers in fireplaces you don’t use.
• Purchase and wrap an insulation blanket around the tank of
your hot water heater. Wrap 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.
• Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers,
radiators, and baseboard element covers. Open any register or
• Cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts. Install
insulated or lined drapes on your windows.
• Use 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
• Use a shrink film insulation kit on really drafty windows
or make one yourself from plastic sheeting and double-faced
• Seal wall switches and electrical outlets with small foam
gaskets available at home improvement centers and hardware
stores. Remove the cover plate, insert the gasket, and screw the
cover plate back in place.
• If 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 feed your fuel-burning appliances safely.)
• Keep your garage door closed if the garage is attached to
• If 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.
• Visit PSE&G’s Home Energy Toolkit at www.pseg.com/toolkit.
You can calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find
out how to save energy and money on appliances and heating
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