The only natural gas I use in the summer is in my water heater. (An A.O.
Smith model). This month it spiked up to 16 therms for no reason I can tell
when it is normally 9 therms during summer months. My wife is frugal and has
started insisting on turning the heating level down all the way below the
recommended level. I suspect that this has something to do with it, but I have
no practical or scientific explanation. Would, turning the heating level all
the way down cause the gas usage to go up? (A heating and cooling person once
told me that it is counterproductive to close air vents in rooms that you are
not using because a gas heater is adjusted to heat the whole house, and maybe
the same thing is happening here.) Any ideas would be appreciated.
More likely your gas Meter Reader made an error or even more likely,
he/she was being lazy and estimating the meter readings while down at
the lake fishing or at the track betting on the ponys.
Estimated readings are more common than most people think.
email@example.com (Decij) wrote in message
Probably an estimated bill. We get that ever other month. We got
our bill in June and it said we used more gas than we thought..Have
not used the furnace since April..then in July, we got the bill and
said it was an actual reading and our gas bill was about ten dollars.
The others supplied the answer to your real question, if not the one you
As for what you asked; turning down temp will reduce the heating cost,
very slightly, and reduce the effective capacity of the heater, lengthen
it's life and be a little safer.
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