MEDIA ALERT: Daylight Saving, Time for a Change

Media Contact: Jenna Cooper-Gross, NW Natural, jenna.cooper-gross@nwnatural.com or 503-721-2440

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2011

 

MEDIA ALERT: Daylight Saving, Time for a Change

NW Natural reminds homeowners: Change filters, check equipment

WHAT: Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m., the second Sunday of March. The time change is when many homeowners replace their smoke detector batteries, and NW Natural suggests adding carbon monoxide detectors and furnace filters to the list.

“Some CO detectors run on batteries, so it just makes sense to check them at the same time you test your smoke alarms,” said Jenna Cooper-Gross, NW Natural spokesperson. “Also, it can be a shock to see your air filter if it hasn’t been changed frequently over the winter months. Replacing or cleaning it can improve the home’s air quality and extend the life of the furnace.”

NW Natural recommends its customers keep their gas appliances working safely and efficiently all year long by scheduling an annual safety inspection. The inspection is offered by NW Natural as part of the company’s service.

Trained, gas company technicians will inspect natural gas equipment in homes or business. Depending on the situation, the technician will perform a variety of checks:

  • Cycle the equipment for proper operation.
  • Visual inspection of your venting system.
  • Clean and adjust pilots as needed.
  • Check for any possible gas leaks.
  • Check safety devices and controls.
  • Check appliance gas rate/inputs to ensure safe, efficient operation of your equipment in accordance with manufacturer settings.

WHEN: March 13 at 2 a.m.

DAYLIGHT SAVING FACT SHEET FOR SAVING

NW Natural’s Top Five Tips for Saving on Heating Bills

Whether you have a standard furnace or a high-efficiency unit, NW Natural offers customers these simple tips on conserving energy:

1. Turn down your thermostat at night or when the house is empty.
Think about investing in an automatic thermostat that will turn the temperature down; it pays for itself in just a few months.

2. Change the air filter in your furnace.
This will save money and extend the life of your furnace. The easiest and least expensive way to ensure your furnace is running efficiently is to change the filter on a regular basis. For a relatively low cost, (about $3 per filter when purchased by the dozen) you can rack up measurable savings on winter heating costs and avoid expensive repairs in the future. Plan to replace your filter every one to three months when the heater is in use. Homes with pets may benefit from replacing the filter more frequently. This is an excellent way to improve home air quality in a season when many more hours are spent indoors.

3. Keep your energy bills out of hot water.
The cost of heating water is second only to heating living spaces, so don’t forget to conserve hot water during cold months. Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees.

4. Protect yourself against cold air invasion.
Add weather stripping to doors, and seal gaps in exterior walls and windows.

5. Become insulated.
Consider insulating your attics, ceilings, floors, pipes and ducts. Tax credits are available for many energy efficiency upgrades. For more information about tax credit incentives, visit the Energy Trust Website at www.energytrust.org.

For more ideas on conserving energy, call NW Natural at 800-422-4012, or visit http://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Conserve.

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