Man sealing air leaks

Keep the following tips in mind to keep your home safe and warm while managing heating costs during the winter season:

  • Make sure your furnace is inspected and operating properly.
  • Eliminate drafts with weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.
  • Change or clean the furnace filters to maximize air flow efficiency.
  • Protect your water pipes in outside walls – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
  • Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage and close your outside crawl space vents to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are operating according to manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • When using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Don’t forget to turn off space heaters when going to bed.
  • Never use stoves, ovens or outdoor grills as a source of indoor heat.


Columbia Gas offers a Budget Payment Plan which can help manage your monthly energy bills.

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