How gas appliance usage may affect your gas bill

If I do not change my heater thermostat setting, wouldn’t that prevent my gas bills from going up and down in the winter?
As nighttime temperatures drop, the heater burner comes on more often and stays on longer to compensate for the colder outside air temperature. Consequently, while your impression inside the home is that the temperature is constant due to the thermostat setting, your bills will still fluctuate from month to month in response to changes in nighttime temperatures.
Why did my bill increase, if I didn’t do any holiday cooking?
Actually, cooking uses a very small amount of gas. In fact, you can cook three meals a day for about $3- $4 per month.
The appliance to watch in the winter is your heater or furnace. The typical heater or furnace consumes more natural gas per hour than any other appliance in the home, in most cases costing more than $1 per hour.
With fewer people living in my house this year why didn’t my bill go down?
In general, you may see some reduction in gas usage due to fewer loads of laundry and less dishes to wash. However, if your heater or furnace is used in the same way as the previous winter, the cost per hour to operate the heater will be the same regardless of the number of people in the home.
Check the “daily average use” at the bottom of your gas bill. It will show if you’ve used more or less gas this month when compared to the same month last year.
No one is home all day so why did my bill go up?
Actually, most people use their heater or furnace when someone is home, which is usually in the evening, early morning, or on weekends. The colder the nighttime temperatures are, the longer and harder your heater must work to maintain the temperature you’ve set. This causes the typical household to use 4 – 7 times more gas in the winter than in the summer.

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