This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

PSE&G Customers To Pay Less To Heat Their Homes This Winter





















NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G's residential customers will pay less to heat their homes with natural gas this winter. On October 1, the state's largest utility lowered residential gas bills by an additional 3.6 percent, or about $42 per year for the typical residential customer.

Since January 2009, PSE&G's residential customers have benefited from nine bill reductions for supply as the cost of gas dropped about 39 percent -- resulting in a savings of approximately $674. PSE&G's average annual residential gas bill is the lowest in the state, and the commodity portion of that bill is about the same as what residential customers paid in 2002.  

"Market prices for natural gas are at historic lows, due in part to availability of lower-cost shale gas," said Jorge Cardenas, vice president-asset management and centralized services. "We're pleased to pass along these savings to our customers at a time when the economy is still challenging." In addition to lower gas bills, low natural gas prices have resulted in lower residential electric bills because gas is one of the fuels used to generate electricity.

The typical PSE&G residential customer who uses 1,050 therms of gas annually will pay $1,105.53, or about $42 less this year. The monthly winter bill for this same customer will be reduced to $168.38 from $173.56, for a savings of $5.18.

A PSE&G residential customer who uses 1,000 therms of gas annually will pay $1,062.11, for a 3.5 percent savings of $38.27 a year. The average monthly winter bill for this same customer will be reduced to $168.09 from $172.92, for a savings of $4.83.

The latest reduction comes in advance of cooler temperatures and as customers are preparing to keep their winter heating bills affordable. In addition to the price decrease, the utility offers suggestions for steps customers can take to reduce their costs even further.  

  • Check for sufficient water levels in the sight glass for hot water and steam heating systems to ensure maximum efficiency. Clean or replace the furnace filter on hot air heating systems.
  • Lower your thermostat by just one degree, which may reduce your heating bill by up to 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2 degrees during the day and 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime if health conditions permit.
  • Close dampers in fireplaces you don't use.
  • Wrap the outlet pipe with inexpensive flexible insulating tubing to reduce the time it takes for hot water to reach your shower.  Set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees.
  • Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers.  Open any register or baseboard dampers.
  • Cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts. Install insulated or lined drapes on your windows. 
  • Use weather stripping or one-sided sticky tape to seal up cracks and prevent drafts in windows and doorframes. Caulk smaller gaps. Beneath doors, install draft guards available at hardware stores. 
  • Use a shrink film insulation kit on really drafty windows or make one yourself from plastic sheeting and double-faced tape.
  • Seal wall switches and electrical outlets with small foam gaskets available at home improvement centers and hardware stores. Remove the cover plate, insert the gasket, and screw the cover plate back in place.  
  • If you have a door leading outside from your basement, hang a full-size sheet of plastic from the door frame to keep heat from escaping. Seal windows in the basement with plastic to create a barrier against the cold. (Make sure you allow enough air supply to feed your fuel-burning appliances safely.)
  • Keep your garage door closed if the garage is attached to the house.      
  • If your budget permits, install (or have installed) a programmable thermostat that you can set to automatically lower room temperatures when rooms are not in use and also at bedtime if health conditions permit. 
  • Visit PSE&G's Home Energy Toolkit at www.pseg.com/toolkit. You can calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find out how to save energy and money on appliances and heating systems.

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population.  PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.  PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company ( www.pseg.com).

Want to know what's new at PSEG? Go to www.pseg.com/getnews  and sign up to have our press releases sent right to your inbox.

SOURCE Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,051.73 -48.45 -0.28%
S&P 500 1,973.63 -4.59 -0.23%
NASDAQ 4,424.7040 -7.4420 -0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs