It has been a crazy winter, and some people that have experienced relatively mild temperatures are in for a big change. Single digit and below zero temperatures are going to stick around for a little while, and you’re going to running your heat for a few months. Too many home owners find themselves having to make a choice between staying comfortably warm and saving money on their heating bill. What would you do if you found out that there is a way to keep heating costs down, and that it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort? It may sound crazy, but this winter you won’t have to make the choice between comfort and cash. Follow these tips this winter and you won’t dread having to pay your energy bills!
Adjust temperatures according to time
Unless you work from home, there’s at least 8 hours a day where you’re running heat to warm a house that isn’t full of people. If you really want to see a difference in your energy costs, lower the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees when you’re at work (or when the kids are at school). If you’re feeling brave enough to cut it back a few degrees when you’re also sleeping, you could save a whopping 20% on your energy bill.
Check your ducts and vents
Think about how often you have to dust and vacuum your home to keep it spic and span. Now think about the last time you took time to change your HVAC filters and clean out your vents. Your heating system accumulates just as much dirt, dust, and grime as any other area of your home. All of that filth could be leading to some blockages in vents, and that means that heat and air isn’t circulating properly around the house. Sometimes a good cleaning is all you need to get your HVAC bills under control. Replace all of the air filters in your home, and make it a point to at the very least change them once a year.
Remember your water bill
Did you know that water heaters can account for 14 to 25 percent of your monthly energy bill? Anybody that runs a residential propane service knows that heating water can require a lot of gas and other forms of energy. You may be tempted to crank up the hot water when you shower in the winter, but you should resist the urge if you want to save money. If you can’t part with your hot showers, consider making sure that the water temperature doesn’t go above 120 degrees.
Propane companies in Bucks County have been getting a lot of business recently because more and more residents are embracing the use of propane in their homes. Thanks to the natural gas industry boom that the state and other surrounding areas are going through, propane and other gases have never been more affordable. Despite the gas’s popularity, most people still don’t know several important things about it. Propane is much more than a one liner on King of the Hill; the gas has a lot of desirable properties that could help revolutionize the energy industry. For example, did you know that . . .
Propane isn’t a greenhouse gas
Greenhouse gases (GHG) are a type of vapor in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. In simpler terms, they create the greenhouse effect and cause a lot of pollution on earth. Since most people know that propane is a kind of gas, they naturally assume that it’s contributing to the greenhouse effect –but they’re wrong. Propane burns clean, and doesn’t contribute to the greenhouse effect like other popular energy and gas sources.
Most propane is produced in America
Are you worried about the country’s dependence on other energy sources for fuel? Do you hate seeing lots of good jobs going overseas? If so, you should consider expressing your views by using propane. America is literally sitting on trillions of tons of natural gas, and propane makes up a significant amount of those trillions. We have so much natural gas that we’re actually exporting it to different countries and, as we find more pockets of it, the industry will only grow. When you use propane, you aren’t simply heating your home or cooking some food, you’re helping support a reliable and profitable industry.
Propane is an alternative fuel
When most people think about alternative fuel sources, they think of solar and wind power, but propane is often left out. Under the definitions of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, propane is considered an alternative fuel source. Propane isn’t the most popular fuel source in the country, but that could soon change since . . .
Propane could revolutionize the auto industry
How many of you dread going to fill up your car with gas? Low gas prices are a thing of the past, but propane fueled cars could be our future. Propane powered vehicles are extremely efficient, emit less pollution than gasoline, and are far cheaper to fuel than their gasoline counterparts. The oil industry has a tight grip on the automotive industry, but as oil reserves dwindle and gas exploration improves, that could change.