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Tricks to keeping your gas bill low this winter

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents in Tucson are probably going to keep their houses on the warmer side tonight.

Southwest Gas has a few things to keep in mind so you're bill isn't astronomical.

The first thing is to use a programmable thermostat. They say it will keep your house on an even temperature and it will help your bill.

Then make sure your weather stripping is tight around your doors and windows.

The gas company says to fix leaky pipes and faucets that are dripping hot water.

These tips will save you, but thinking long term, company spokesperson Libby Howell says you might want to spend a little more to save more.

 "For example the typical water heater only last 10 to 15 years," said Howell. So if they're due to have the water heater replaced, we really recommend they get an energy efficient water heater that will cost even less to operate."

They also recommend turning down your water heater somewhere between low and medium. Usually that's about 120 degrees.

"Don't use your oven to heat you house! Ovens are not designed to do that," said Howell. "It can damage your oven and it won't heat your house. The oven will run continually trying to keep up that temperature and you'll actually be using more gas."

Howell says the company bought enough gas, so a shortage shouldn't be an issue and gas cost is down about four cents from this time last year. 

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