Customers asked to conserve gas

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In the wake of frigid cold temperatures and more temperatures that will be dipping below the freezing mark, local natural gas providers are urging customers to conserve energy.

Dominion East Ohio Gas and Columbia Gas are asking all customers to voluntarily turn down their thermostats and lower the setting on their hot water heaters over the next couple of days if they can do so safely.

Businesses are also being asked to conserve during manufacturing processes. The conservation will help to keep bills down and natural gas supplies flowing.

“Dominion was able to serve its customers reliably during the extreme cold earlier this month, in part, because many customers took steps to conserve their natural gas use,” said Scott Miller, Dominion East Ohio vice president and general manager. “Dominion anticipates being able to provide reliable service again for the upcoming cold weather, but we also ask customers to conserve where they can do so safely.”

Customers are also urged to use weather stripping, insulting windows and doors.

Columbia President Jack Partridge said natural gas demand is anticipated on Tuesday and Wednesday, when overnight temperatures are expected to drop well below zero.

“Customers who reduce their natural gas use this week will help manage their heating bills during what is expected to be a period of extremely high natural gas consumption,” said Partridge.

Customers can reduce their natural gas use, stay safe and comfortable and help save money on their heating bills by following some simple tips:

• Set thermostats as low as appropriate to maintain health and comfort.

• Dress in layers appropriate for the temperature setting.

• Limit use of natural gas appliances, especially during the early morning hours.

• Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.

• Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, including overhead garage doors.

• Make sure doors have weather stripping and door sweeps.

• Install indoor window insulation kits on leaky windows.

• Seal off unheated, unused rooms.

• Open south-facing curtains and blinds during the day, and close them at night.

• Remove snow and ice from gas meters.

• Take extreme care with space heaters. Make sure they are placed away from combustible materials and, if necessary, properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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