Wednesday, January 6, 2010
As frigid weather settles over Kansas for an extended period of time, Kansas Gas Service is forecasting that its customers will use near-record amounts of natural gas in the next few days.
In spite of the cold, customers can reduce the impact of the weather on their bills with some common-sense conservation steps and by taking advantage of a program that spreads the cost over a 12-month period.
Kansas Gas Service projects that its customers will use approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas during the 24-hour period from Thursday morning (Jan. 7) until Friday morning (Jan. 8), as the state endures the current Arctic air mass. Since the Christmas Eve 2009 blizzard that began the protracted cold weather, daily natural gas volumes have averaged 680 million cubic feet per day.
Although increased natural gas consumption may mean higher bills, customers can take steps to conserve energy and save money. Those steps include making sure that heaters are properly adjusted and running with clean filters, adding weather-stripping and sealing windows and doors, lowering the thermostat at night or at other times while wearing additional layers of clothing and sealing off unused rooms.
Safety is also important during extreme weather. Care should be taken that nothing obstructs a heater’s air intake and that vents and flues are intact and unblocked in order to avoid the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning. Stoves and ovens should never be used for home heating.
Customers may also sign up for Kansas Gas Service’s Equal Payment Plan, which spreads energy expense over a 12-month period. More information about the Equal Payment Plan and energy-saving tips is available at www.kansasgasservice.com.