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Energy-Saving Tips

Energy-Saving Tips

Think Green, Save Green

With over 75 years in the business, we know a thing or two about saving energy. Take a look at the tips below and see how you can start putting some green back into your wallet.

Home Heating

  • Residential heating systems need regular tune-ups. Contact us to inquire about a home-heating system inspection program.
  • Change your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will save you money on your heating bill.
  • Consider investing in a furnace thermostat timer that can save money by lowering your home's temperature when you are not at home.
  • Protect against drafts around windows and doors by caulking and weather-stripping.
  • If you are purchasing a fireplace, consider selecting one fueled by propane. Propane fireplaces burn more efficiently than wood-burning models and distribute heat more evenly throughout the room.

Water Heaters

  • If you haven't already, 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 heaters.
  • You can save more than 10 percent on your water-heating bill by turning down your water heater from 120 degrees to 115 degrees.
  • To extend your water heater's life and increase energy efficiency, drain it every 6 months to remove lime deposits and sediment.
  • Install flow-restricting shower heads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.
  • Repair leaky faucets. A leak that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes wastes 3,200 gallons of water a year.

Home Appliances

  • Gas ranges with electronic ignition systems will use 40 percent less energy than a standing pilot system.
  • 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 us immediately if you do not see a blue flame.
  • Check the seal on your oven door. Gaps or tears in the seal will let heat escape and waste energy.
  • Run washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers with a full load.

For additional information about energy saving tips and propane heating appliances, please visit www.usepropane.com.

Source: Propane Education & Research Council. Energy Saving Tips Help Consumers Stay Warm and Informed. Retrieved January 6, 2014 from the PERC website: http://www.propanecouncil.org/PressReleases.aspx?id=2367&pressreleaseId=2547

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