PSE&G shares winter home heating savings tips for NJ customers

An average price increase of 20% for natural gas approved by the State Board of Utilities last month has customers in New Jersey looking for a possible way to reduce their home heating costs this winter.

Both JCP&L and PSE&G offer some taxpayer incentives, but Susanna Chiu, senior director of operational services at PSE&G, said a lot can be done at home on a day-to-day basis outside of those select programs.

“The easiest things are things that customers can walk into the store and buy and put on themselves, and that includes things like LED lighting, power strips,” Chiu said, adding that PSE&G offers discounts. for the purchase of these products.

Chiu’s favorite tip is to keep the house a little cooler: turn the thermostateven if only marginally.

A smart thermostat allows a resident to “set it and forget it”, allowing for adjustments if they are away from home or on vacation, and PSE&G offers a special offer free of charge on these devices right now.

“Your home heating is by far the biggest energy consumer in the house, and if you turn down just 1 degree, you can cut your heating bill by up to 3%,” Chiu said.

In fact, PSE&G recommends turning the thermostat down 2 degrees when people are home, and 5-10 degrees when they’re away or asleep, sanitary conditions permitting.

Other winter-specific tips suggested by Chiu include making sure that windows and doors are properly sealed, which can prevent unnecessary air leakage.

PSE&G’s Quick Home Energy Check is a free, in-home program the utility offers so customers can be informed of as many cost-saving measures as possible.

And for certain income-eligible customers, the company offers programs that Chiu says can provide free upgrades worth thousands of dollars, such as the Home Weatherization Inspection, also offered at no cost.

“We know it’s a tough economy, and for customers who are late or need help paying their bills, there are various energy assistance programs,” Chiu said. “For those who are not income qualified and earn above the income threshold, there are also other programs that can help them.”

Some other quick tips: use ceiling fansremove or cover the window air conditionersmoving furniture which can cover the vents and close fireplace dampers when not in use.

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Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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