How can you prepare your home for the harsh, long winter after fall rolls through the area? Winter is a time when families are saving money for Christmas and trips to see relatives during the holidays. The extra costs of an expensive heating bill can be a significant financial burden. We want to give you the chance to celebrate the holidays without the worry of additional expenses from a high heating bill. The professionals at Tri Gas & Oil have many tips to keep your home warm and comfortable while doing an excellent job of managing your budget.
Using Propane Lowers Energy Costs
The price of propane is generally lower than other energy sources and is very efficient in its usage. We are proud to provide the fuel for many common household needs such as cooking, water heating, and home heating systems. We offer the energy-efficient Rinnai® Tankless Water Heater, which only heats the water when you need it. No more tank that constantly heats and cools your water all day long, wasting energy and money. Propane dryers also dry your garments quicker with less created static than electric units. Quicker drying = time and money saver!
Conserve Your Home Energy
There are many ways to avoid expensive power bills in the winter while maintaining a comfortable home setting. Though it is tempting, turning your thermostat up can lead to higher power costs. Here are some ways to keep your thermostat down and stay comfortable in your home this winter:
- Maintain consistent thermostat settings to avoid substantial changes in room temperature. Any sudden heating can cause your equipment to work harder and lead to a more expensive bill. Use a programmable thermostat if you have a heat pump to help keep a moderate heat setting.
- You can save about 10% on your heating bill by lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees when you go to sleep or leave the house.
- You can save on your propane costs when you lower the temperature to the warm setting on your water heater.
- Avoid using exhaust fans because they draw a lot of energy.
Keep The Heat In
One of the most significant enemies to being energy efficient is having all of that precious heat slowly leak out due to tiny cracks throughout your house, drafty windows that allow cold air to seep in. To avoid being cold and suffering the costs, you should:
- Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet to cover drafty windows to prevent air leaks.
- Drafts also could come through your home at air vents and power outlets. Check these areas to avoid the cold air from coming in.
- Make sure you don’t have any furniture blocking any air vents. Your heating vents are along the floor and can be easily blocked by furniture.
- Give your propane dealer a call to learn more about preventing leaks.
Maintain Your Heating Systems
Properly maintaining your heating system with regular cleanings can help keep the equipment running at peak efficiency.
- You want to replace filters for your furnaces and heat pumps once a month.
- Use a wire brush to clean the flue vent for wood- and pellet-burning heaters.
- Perform regular checks of your exterior vents. A clog from a bird’s nest, leaves, or snow can block the system from functioning efficiently. Getting the blockage removed will get your system back to peak performance.
Reduce Heat Loss From The Fireplace
When you have your fire going, there are several ways to keep the heat in the room, and the cold air from coming in.
- Keeping your fire damper closed when you are not using your fireplace prevents the outside air from coming into the house.
- Seal your fireplace by applying caulk around the hearth to avoid losing heat.
Saving Energy While On Vacation
Taking a trip is an excellent opportunity to give your home appliances a break. This will help with longevity, efficiency, and energy savings.
- Reduce the temperature of your water heater to avoid heating unnecessary water while you are gone.
- Rising the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer can conserve a lot of energy. It is recommended to raise your refrigerator to 38 degrees and raise your freezer to 5 degrees.
- Turn your thermostat down to a low setting when you are gone for an extended period.
The Promise Plan
The winter months can see extremely high fuel bills. But our Energy Consultants don’t want you to feel the financial burden during the winter months, so we offer a payment plan tailored to alleviate the strain of a bulky winter fuel bill. The Promise Plan, a level monthly payment plan, allows you to spread the annual fuel cost over a 12-month period. We estimate your annual propane cost based on prior use; then, we divide the amount into 11 flat monthly payments. The 12th month is a “catch-up” month. If you used more energy than estimated, you would pay the difference. But if you used less than the estimate, you will receive a credit on your account. Another benefit comes in the form of a 3% rebate, calculated monthly, for any credit balance on your account during the plan year.