Cold creates record use by natural-gas customers

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Washington Gas saw record demand from its 1.1 million customers in the Washington, D.C., area in early January.

The company’s “sendout” of natural gas from 1 a.m. Jan. 7 to 12:59 p.m. Jan. 8 reached 1.652 million dekatherms.

That level is 8,000 dekatherms higher than the previous 24-hour record date of Jan. 16, 2009.

This January has been so cold, company officials said, that seven days this month have made the company’s 25 highest-ever usage days.

The company urged customers to take steps to help keep their homes warm, by regularly replacing the homes air filter, setting the water heater level to low or warm, and to caulk, weather strip, and insulate doors and windows.

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