Every bit of energy savings counts for our communities, and there are some easy ways that you can make an impact at home today! Over the past decade, the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program has helped eliminate 936,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions thanks to our customers. That’s enough energy to run more than 100,000 homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.
You can save even more by making some easy changes starting today:
- Scrub away wasted water: We wash our hands an average of 9 times per day. By turning off the tap while you follow the 20-second hand scrubbing guidelines, you could save 6 gallons of water per day. If all 2.2 million Nicor Gas customers practiced this water-saving tip, we’d save 4.8 billion gallons of water a year – enough to fill more than 7,200 Olympic-sized pools.
- Use efficient hardware: A faucet aerator from one of our free water-saving kits could save up to 700 gallons of water a year! Turning off the water while brushing your teeth could save an additional 3,000 gallons annually.
In fact, if every homeowner in Aurora, Illinois, installed a water-saving kit, it would save more than 1.3 million therms per year. That’s equal to the amount of carbon stored by 9,000 acres of U.S. forests in a year, or about 14 square miles of forest.
- Save all year long: Sealing air leaks and insulating your home can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs. No matter what time of year, you’ll be using your systems more effectively. We also have a free weatherization kit that can be shipped right to your door to get you started.
A weatherization kit installed in each home in Bloomington, Illinois, would yield close to 1 million therm savings per year. That’s equivalent to the emissions avoided by over 200 garbage trucks of waste that is recycled instead of landfilled.
Partner with us and save even more! Find more household tips and other great ways to save here.