Energy Saving Tips
to Help You Stay Warm and Informed
are several simple steps, both short-term and
long-term, that consumers can follow to lower their
energy bills this winter.
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
Saving Tips Consumers Should Pursue Now:
Inspect and tune-up your residential heating
system regularly. A heating system that runs
well is more efficient and will save you money.
Invest 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.
Protect against drafts by caulking and
weather-stripping around windows, doors and
other openings such as ducts, fans and vents.
Install 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
Discuss 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.
Energy Saving Tips Consumers Should Follow
Throughout the Cold Weather Season:
Change 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.
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.
Clean or 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 drapes.
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.
Insulate your 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 professional help.
Although most water heaters last 10-15 years,
it's best to start shopping for a new one if
yours is more than seven years old.
Lower the 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
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.
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
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.
more about how propane can bring efficient energy
solutions to your home,
contact a DiSanto Propane
Energy Consultant today.