Saving Tips to Help You Stay Warm and Informed
There are several
simple steps, both short-term and long-term, that
consumers can follow to lower their energy bills
Americans are not
powerless when it comes to their energy bills, said
Randy Chitty, chairman of the Propane Education &
Research Councils Homeowner Subcommittee. A few
small changes before and during the cold weather
season really can make a big difference.
Saving Tips Consumers Should Pursue Now:
and tune-up your residential heating system
regularly. A heating system that runs well is
more efficient and will save you money.
in a furnace thermostat timer that lowers your
homes temperature when you are not at home. You
can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10
percent per year by turning your thermostat back
10-15 percent for eight hours per day.
against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping
around windows, doors and other openings such as
ducts, fans and vents.
flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot
water usage by up to 50 percent without
affecting shower pressure.
Consider switching to a propane water heater.
Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to
one-third less to operate and they recover hot
water twice as quickly as electric water
payment plan options with your propane retailer.
Many retailers have budget payment plans that
will help you spread your projected annual cost
of propane over many months, lowering the costs
of seasonally higher bills.
Saving Tips Consumers Should Follow Throughout the
Cold Weather Season:
your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will
increase efficiency. If on a monthly payment
plan, use receipt of your monthly propane bill
as a reminder
washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers
with a full load.
down your water heater from the standard 120
degrees to 115 degrees. You could save more than
10 percent on your water heating bill.
Increase your water heaters efficiency by
draining it every six months to remove mineral
deposits and sediment.
You can save
as much as 10% a year on your heating and
cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat
back 10-15 % for eight hours.
replace filters on furnaces once a month or as
needed. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard
heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure
they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or
kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans
wisely; in just 60 minutes, these fans can pull
out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn
fans off as soon as they have done the job.
leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes
gallons of water in a short period.
hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful
not to cover the thermostat. With a propane,
natural gas, or oil water heater, be careful not
to cover the water heater's top, bottom, or
burner compartment; when in doubt, get
water heaters last 10-15 years, it's best to
start shopping for a new one if yours is more
than seven years old.
thermostat on a water heater; a setting of 115F
provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
Drain a quart
of water from the water tank every three months
to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer
and lowers the efficiency of the heater.
more showers than baths. Less than 10 gallons of
water are used during a five-minute shower while
15-25 gallons of hot water are used for a bath.
purchasing a gas oven or range, look for one
with an automatic, electric ignition system. An
electric ignition saves gas-because a pilot
light is not burning continuously.
Be sure that
all burners are burning with a blue, cone-shaped
flame. A yellow flame indicates clogged air
inlets or burners that need adjustment. Contact
our service department immediately if you do not
see a blue flame.
range-top burners and reflectors clean; they
will reflect the heat better, and you will save
Make sure the
refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them
by closing the door over a piece of paper or a
dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the
refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill
out easily, the latch may need adjustment or the
seal may need replacing.
for the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels when
buying appliances. ENERGY STAR is a program of
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed
to help consumers identify energy-efficient
appliances and products. The bright yellow
EnergyGuide sticker will tell you how much it
will cost to run the water heater for one year.
Propane water heaters cost a third less to
operate than electric models.
To learn more
about how propane can bring efficient energy
solutions to your home,
Weaver Propane Energy Consultant today.