Keeping Energy Costs Down

By mark-slade April 19, 2011

Keeping Energy Costs Down

Amid the challenges of today’s economy, there is good news to share about the supply portion of your PSE&G bill:

  • Residential natural gas bills are down 31 percent since January 2009. That’s about $500 a year savings for an average gas customer.
  • Residential electric bills will drop nearly 5 percent this summer.

We’d also like to share some tips and tools that can help you further reduce your summer energy bills:

  • Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. You can save 3 to 5 percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
  • Even if you have air conditioning, use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation.
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows.  Eliminate air leaks around window air conditioners with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
  • Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms. Keep filters clean. 
  • Take advantage of PSE&G’s Home Energy Toolkit which helps you analyze your home energy use to receive customized energy saving tips.To access the Home Energy Toolkit, log in to My Account at
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