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Your family’s coats, hats, and mittens may still be packed away in storage for a few more weeks, but it’s never too soon to start preparing your home for winter.
Just a few simple steps are all that’s needed to ensure that you and your loved ones remain comfortable and safe all winter long.
Talk to your propane supplier. Start a conversation now with your local propane retailer about a plan to keep your tank filled throughout the winter to avoid the safety risks that come with running out of gas when it’s cold out.
Make sure your appliances are performing efficiently. Before the start of each heating season, have a qualified service technician inspect and service your home’s appliances and propane system. When appliances are running as efficiently as possible, your home will conserve fuel, save money, and avoid unexpected midseason repairs.
Install and set a programmable thermostat. Homes save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating costs by using a programmable thermostat. Resetting it when the family is asleep or away from home saves money without sacrificing comfort.
Be efficient with water heating. Water heating can be a large expense, accounting for about 14 to 18 percent of most home utility bills. Set your water heater to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit and install low-flow shower heads or temperature sensitive shower valves to reduce energy consumption.