Conservation Questions Q: What is a suggested setting for the thermostat in the summer and in the winter to be efficient with the utilities’ A: The most efficient setting for summer is 78 or higher, and the most efficient setting for winter is 68 or below. Q: Why does a vacant house use so much gas’ A: Body heat actually helps to warm up the interior household; therefore, it takes longer to heat a vacant house to the desired temperature vs. one with people in it. Q: Why do we have a sewer charge on a vacant house’ A: If a vacant house still maintains water service, then sewer service is required due to the fact that any interior water use will go through the sewer system. If the water service is disconnected, sewer service is not required. Q: Would electric heaters be more beneficial to heat a vacant house than using the gas furnace set at a low temperature’ A: Probably not, as gas is more efficient, especially in a vacant home. Q: What are ways to save water’ A: The City provides pamphlets for customer use, and a list of suggested ways to conserve water can be found on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s website, lcra.org. (Click on the “Water IQ” icon to get started.) Safety Questions Q: What do you do when you detect a gas leak’ A: If you are inside and smell the gas, leave the premises immediately and call from another location. Do not flip any switches when entering or leaving the premises. During business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call the city utility office at 597-2152. After business hours, call the police dispatch at 597-2121. Be able to identify the service address and location of the leak to the clerk. Be able to state if it has an odor or fumes and if it is visible or audible. Q: How do you protect your residence from carbon monoxide’ A: Put up carbon monoxide detectors. Have your heating and a/c unit checked annually by a qualified HVAC serviceman and check to see that your water heater’s vent pipe is properly ventilated. Also, have your gas heater checked annually for proper function of all parts. Do not run your vehicle in an enclosed garage, especially in the winter, and make sure any generator, especially gas operated, is kept outside of the house.