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During Energy Awareness Month, Columbia Gas Reminds Customers to Prepare for the Cold Weather Heating Season

Monday, October 15, 2018

October is Energy Awareness Month, and Columbia Gas of Maryland reminds customers to follow some simple tips to reduce energy usage while still maintaining a warm and safe home during the winter heating season.

Customers can visit to learn how to prep their homes for winter, compare energy usage, and increase their home’s energy efficiency to save money on their energy bills.

Prepare Your Home

Ensure that your home is ready for the cold weather:

  • Make sure your furnace is inspected and operating properly, and change or clean furnace filters to maximize air flow efficiency.
  • Do not store flammable materials near your natural gas furnace, water heater, or stove.
  • Never use stoves, ovens, or outdoor grills as a source of indoor heat.
  • Protect your water pipes in outside walls – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are operating according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Eliminate drafts with weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows. Columbia Gas offers income-qualified customers energy savings with the Low Income Usage Reduction Program. For more information, visit

Prepare for Your Energy Bills

To manage your cold weather heating bills effectively, Columbia Gas of Maryland offers a number of programs, including:

What to Do If You Smell Natural Gas

If you smell the “rotten egg” odor of natural gas, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Whether inside your home or outside, evacuate to a safe location immediately and call 911.
  • Do not operate anything that could cause a spark, including lights, cell phones, flashlights, or appliances.
  • Don't open the windows and doors in an attempt to ventilate.
  • Don't try to find the leak yourself or operate pipeline valves.
  • Columbia Gas of Maryland’s emergency number is 1-888-460-4332.
  • For more information about natural gas safety, please visit

About Columbia Gas of Maryland

Media Contact:
Russ Bedell
Columbia Gas of Maryland Communications