Virginia Natural Gas offers programs, tips to help residents prepare for upcoming heating season

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) has several assistance programs to help residents better prepare for this year’s heating season.

Other energy assistance programs and resources available to Virginia Natural Gas customers include:

  • EnergyShare provides a one-time annual grant to qualified residential customers. The program is administered by the Salvation Army and funded through direct contributions from Virginia Natural Gas employees and customers who make donations via their monthly natural gas bill payment.
    • To apply for a grant, customers can contact their local Salvation Army to schedule an appointment, or call the EnergyShare hotline at 757.965.9012, ext. 1, for more information.
  • Payment Arrangement Plans are available for customers to help manage their natural gas bills by spreading out costs over time. VNG is now offering extended payment arrangement options of up to 12 months for customers impacted by the pandemic and will eliminate the required down payment.
  • Virginia Natural Gas’ Budget Payment Plan evens out the highs and lows of natural gas costs throughout the year by allowing customers to pay a consistent amount every month for 12 months, making household budgeting a little easier.
    • To learn more, call 866.229.3578.
  • The Energy Efficiency Program helps customers manage their costs by lowering out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements through rebates, free home energy assessments and energy-saving products.

Here are some tips to help you that will help you save energy and stay warm:

  • VNG officials say customers can also request a FREE energy-savings kit mailed to their home which includes pipe insulation for 3/4″ diameter copper pipe, 3′ pieces, a five-minute shower timer and a hot water temperature card.
  • Set your thermostat at a constant temperature. Since almost half of the energy in your home goes to heating and cooling, try to set the thermostat at a consistent temperature like 68 degrees in the winter and leave it.
  • Find and seal leaks. Be sure to check for air leaks or gaps around walls, ceilings, windows, doors, switches and outlets.
  • Reverse the settings on your ceiling fan to push warmer air down to the floor level.
  • Maintain your heating system which can reduce monthly heating bills. If you are looking for a contractor, click here.
  • Change your air filters in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation since dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that you can adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own personal comfort.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Just like you would with your heater during the winter, or your air conditioner during the summer, simply lowering the thermostat on your hot water heater can have a significant effect on your energy bill.
  • Take shorter showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional savings.

For more energy savings tips, click here.

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