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If you’re a PG&E customer, you may not have even realized that PG&E has been monitoring your winter gas usage and giving you a credit on your bill if you’re using less gas this winter than you used last winter.  February is the last month of the Winter Savings program which works like this:

If you use 10% less gas than you did last February, PG&E will take 20% off your March or April bill. For example, if your April gas bill is $100, you’ll only have to pay $80.

If you can’t quite hit the 10% benchmark, don’t worry–any amount you can reduce your consumption will earn you a one-to-one credit (eg. reduce by 5%…get a 5% credit).

Here are some of the big ticket ways to curb your gas usage:

1. Turn the heat down a degree or two.

2. Wash your clothes in cold water.

3. Hang dry your laundry or, if you don’t have enough space, clean out the lint trap in the dryer after every load.

4. Take shorter showers, or take cold showers — the choice is yours.

5. Wash your hands with soap and cold water — studies show that it’s the friction of hand washing that kills germs, not the hot water.

And remember, the PG&E credit is a bonus on top of the money you’ll already be saving by using less gas. Last year, PG&E handed out $37 million worth of credits–be sure to get your piece of the pie.

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.