Conserving energy during the cold winter months may seem like an impossible task. With the temperature dropping, and that heat blasting, it seems that your high energy use is inevitable. But that doesn’t have to be the case! We’ve compiled some helpful energy saving tips so you can reduce your energy use and potentially minimize your energy bill this winter!
1. Caulk around windows and doors
This will prevent cold air from leaking into your home during winter months. Without caulking, you’re forcing your furnace to work overtime by attempting to heat a never-ending flow of cold air entering from the outside.
2. Replace your furnace filter monthly
Your furnace air filter is going to get dirty—that’s what it’s there for. The air is unable to pass through the filter as the dust and dirt naturally accumulates, forcing the furnace to work that much harder. By simply replacing your furnace filter each month, you can save approximately 5-15% on your energy bill!
3. Invest in a furnace thermostat timer
Thermostat timers are great for reducing your energy use. These timers will lower the temperature in your home when you’re not there. You can even reduce your energy bill up to 10% by installing a thermostat timer on your furnace this winter.
4. Consider a fireplace makeover
Propane fireplaces are known for their ability to distribute heat evenly throughout your home, burning more efficiently and cleaner than standard wood-burning fireplaces. Propane fireplaces also provide 5 to 6 times the hearing capacity of an electric fireplace.
5. Run your appliances with full loads
When it comes to washing, be sure to only wash full loads of dishes and clothes. This not only helps to save water but you’ll also run your appliances less often, saving you time and energy.
6. Lower your water heater to 115 degrees
Reducing the temperature of your water heater to 115 degrees may reduce your bill by 10%. At this setting, your water heater is still heating your water adequately while saving energy.
7. Invest in a propane water heater
There are a lot of benefits associated with propane water heaters, especially when compared to their electric counterparts. Propane water heaters are more efficient and are less costly to operate.Tankless propane water heaters also provide a continuous supply of hot water with a more accurate temperature adjustment. Don’t forget, experts suggest replacing your water heater every 8-12 years. Is it time to replace yours?
8. Save money with a flow restricting shower head
Improve your energy efficiency by investing in a flow restricting shower head. These showerheads have a flow rate less than 2.5 GPMs, but don’t let that concern you! With these showerheads, you get the best of both worlds. They reduce the overall water flow without compensating your water pressure!
Want more information on how to reduce your energy usage this winter and how propane can help? Give your local office a call, or contact one of our energy experts. We’re more than happy to help!Residential Propane