Phoenix, Ariz. - Southwest Gas is your energy partner
throughout the year and especially during the cold weather
when natural gas provides warmth and comfort. As a highly
efficient form of energy and the cleanest fossil fuel,
natural gas is greener than you think.
Southwest Gas reminds its customers that a few energy-savings
steps today can help them save energy and money tomorrow.
"Natural gas is the efficient and a natural choice for
the environment," said Southwest's Central Arizona
area Vice President Luis Frisby. "Natural gas is
considered the energy solution for a greener tomorrow, and
we're there for our customers to help them manage their
energy use wisely while saving money on their bills."
Southwest Gas recommends the following energy and money
Have the furnace inspected by a licensed professional
heating contractor to help ensure its safe and efficient
operation. Regularly change or clean the filters to improve
airflow so that the furnace works as efficiently as
Install a programmable thermostat and set it between 65ºF
and 68ºF when home, health permitting. To help keep warm
air inside the home and the cold air out, seal leaks and
cracks around doors, windows and other openings with caulk
or weather stripping.
Open drapes and shades on the south-facing windows during
the day to take advantage of the sun's heat, and close
them at night to reduce the chill from the cold air.
Install foam insulating gaskets inside wall outlets and
switch plates adjacent to the home's exterior. Gaskets
are available at most hardware and home improvement stores.
They are easy to install with a screwdriver and by
following the manufacturer's instructions.
Keep outside gutters free of leaves and debris, including
those above or near the natural gas meter and outdoor
Southwest Gas is also your safety partner and reminds anyone
who suspects the release of natural gas to call the company
immediately. Indicators of a natural gas leak are the smell
of rotten eggs, even if it is slight or momentary, and/or a
hissing noise coming from the ground or an above-ground
pipeline. In the event a leak is suspected, avoid doing
anything that would create a spark, such as lighting a match
or turning an electrical appliance switch off or on, leave
the area immediately, and call 911 and Southwest Gas at
1-800-447-5422 from a safe location.
Southwest Gas provides natural gas service nearly 1.9 million
customers in parts of Arizona, California and Nevada.