Programmable ThermostatWinter means snow days, hot cocoa, and often, high heating bills.

But if you use propane, there are some easy ways you can save energy — and money — in any weather. You know some basics, like how setting your thermostat low and bundling up can help you save energy, but the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension has some tips you might not have considered.

Here are some little-known ways to help you save energy when you use propane.

  • Have your furnace and gas appliances serviced annually by a qualified professional. If they don't work properly, they could be wasting energy or cause a safety hazard.
  • You know caulking and weather stripping can help keep cold air out and heated air in, but did you know it's not something you should tackle yourself? Improperly installed, air sealing can cause back drafting in combustion appliances. So avoid the risk and hire a professional.
  • Place furniture against inside walls. Seats by outside walls invite drafts, so you'll feel colder, no matter the inside temperature.
  • A programmable thermostat and apps can save you money by heating your home around your schedule. You can set it to automatically lower the temperature when you're at work and increase it when you come home, so you're not wasting money on a toasty room when no one is there to enjoy it.
  • Use ventilation fans only when needed. Remember: they're not just pulling the smell out of the room; they're also taking air you paid to heat. Turning them off quickly will save you energy.
  • A bare window can let heat escape, so use blinds or drapes on all windows. Open them during the day to let the sun warm the room and close them at night to keep cold air out and warm air in.
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