Saving energy is not only good for the environment. It's good for your wallet. If you're looking for cleaner energy, propane is a great choice. But with a few simple tips, you can save even more energy and money when you use propane. Here are some little steps that can help you save lots of money on your energy bills.
Staying Warm with Propane
Change your furnace filter monthly. Clogged filters means your furnace must work harder, using more energy.
Inspect your heating systems regularly. If they're not working properly, you're probably not getting the most bang for your buck.
Add caulk and weather stripping around windows, doors and other openings. Don't let cold air in, or air you've paid to heat out.
If you're thinking about buying a fireplace, consider one that is fueled by propane. Propane fireplaces spread heat more evenly and burn more efficiently than wood-burning fireplaces.
Invest in a furnace thermostat timer that lowers your heat when you're not home. Why spend money for a toasty room when no one's there to use it? Turning your furnace down for eight hours a day can reduce your annual heating bill by as much as 10% each year.
Drain and clean your water heater twice a year. This will extend its life and increase its energy efficiency.
Save more on your hot water bill by turning down your water heater. Most are kept at 120 to 140 degrees but can be lowered to as little as 115 degrees without much noticeable effect. Every 10 degree reduction in water temperature results in about an 8% savings in energy use.
Install flow restricting shower heads. They can reduce your hot water usage by up to 50% without affecting the shower pressure.
Convert to a propane water heater. They cost up to one-third less to operate and recover hot water twice as fast as electric heaters.
Repair leaky faucets. A leak that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes will waste 3,200 gallons of water a year. That's pennies down the drain that can quickly add up.
Use full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine. Don't pay to heat water two or three times, when you can do it just once by running a full machine.
Cooking with Propane
- If you're looking into gas ranges for cooking, consider an electronic ignition system. They use up to 40 percent less energy than a standing pilot system.
- When it comes to burners, look for blue. A blue, cone-shaped flame is a sign of a properly working burner. A yellow flame is a sign of malfunction. It could mean the air inlets are clogged or the burners need adjustment. If you don't see a blue flame, contact Lakes Gas Co. immediately.
- Check the seal on your oven door. Gaps or tears in the seal will let heat escape and waste energy.
- Use an alternative. Could you line-dry some of your laundry instead of using a dryer? Could you bundle up instead of cranking up the heat? Look for free, easy ways to save energy.
- Buy Energy Star propane-powered appliances. To earn the Energy Star label, products must meet requirements outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They'll save you energy and money. Learn more about Energy Star products here.