17 Cost-Cutting Tips For Columbus Propane Customers
Everyone could use a little extra cash, and one of the easiest ways to enjoy a roomier budget is by making a few adjustments to your energy usage. We have compiled a quick list of easy ways our Columbus propane customers can trim energy costs and save some substantial cash.
1. Keep An Eye On The Temperature
When the temperature drops, we tend to run our heaters day and night, but the cost can add up. However, if you can keep the inside temperature at around 68 to 70 degrees during the day, and around 62 at night when you are asleep, this can conserve quite a bit of Columbus propane.
2. Purchase A Programmable Thermostat
To make temperature adjustments easier, you might want to consider installing a programmable thermostat. This thermostat can be set to keep the house at around 62 at night and then kick on just before you wake up so that your house is nice and warm when you hop out of bed. These thermostats also can adjust the temperature when you are away from home. After all, why waste energy heating your house if you aren’t even there to enjoy it?
3. Lower The Water Heater Temperature
While heating and cooling your home generally makes up the largest chunk of your utility costs, a water heater accounts for as much as 15% to 20% of your energy costs. Typically, the manufacturer settings for a water heater is around 140 degrees, but you usually can get by perfectly well by lowering the temperature to about 120 degrees.
4. Use Less Hot Water
Taking shorter showers doesn’t just save water (which also saves money), it conserves your Columbus propane. Bring a timer into the bathroom and try to get in and out of the shower in about three to four minutes.
5. Keep Clothes Cool
We also recommend washing clothing in cold water as well to conserve propane. Most washing machines wash clothes just as thoroughly using cold water and even if you wash a load with hot or warm water, consider using a cold rinse to save some propane.
6. Hang Your Clothes To Dry
If weather permits or if you have a rack in your laundry room, hanging clothes and sheets out to dry can save quite a bit of energy. Simply dry items for a few minutes to release wrinkles and then hang item up to dry.
7. Cut Your Dish Drying Time
If you have a dishwasher, it probably has a “heated dry” function and if you turn this feature off and simply allow dishes to dry naturally, you can save money every time you use your dishwasher.
8. Insulate Your Attic
Heat rises and if your attic has little insulation, then all of that precious propane-powered heat is simply escaping from your home. Adding insulation to your attic and ensuring that there are no areas in the attic where air can escape easily will keep you from wasting your Columbus propane.
9. Find The Leaks
Doors and windows with drafts allow warm or cool air to escape from your home. You can do your own home energy audit (there are several tutorials on the internet) or there are companies out there that will come out, examine your home and provide you with an energy audit. This can help you identify drafts in your home and other areas of concern. Once identifying, sealing up these drafty areas can help you conserve heat and, ultimately, your propane.
10. Use Your Curtains
If you have curtains, shades or blinds, use them to your advantage. For any south-facing windows, open the curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm the interior naturally. Closing the curtains at night also can help keep the cold away. During the summer months, you can close the shades or curtain to keep the sun from adding heat to your home.
11. Consider Unused Spaces
Do you have a guest room or another room that is rarely used? Don’t bother heating or cooling this space. Instead, close the curtains, shut the vents and keep the door closed. This will concentrate energy use on areas of the home that enjoy the most use.
12. Check Your Vents
Are your vents blocked by furniture or curtains? Vents should be clear of these items so that the heated or cooled air can circulate as efficiently as possible. A little furniture rearranging can shave a few dollars off your energy bill.
13. Clean Your Filter
Just like the filters on a vehicle, heaters have a filter and this item either needs to be cleaned or replaced from time to time. This will help your heater work more efficiently, and keep you from wasting Columbus propane.
14. Unplug Those Appliances
Many of our Columbus propane customers use propane to run their heater and perhaps their stove, dryer and water heater, but electricity is often provided by another source. Still, we have a few tips to help you save on your electric bill, as well. For instance, if you unplug items such as computers, laptops, DVD players, coffeemakers, microwave ovens and toaster, this conserves electricity and saves you money.
15. Turn Off The Lights
Too often, we leave lights on when they simply are not needed. Be sure that when you leave a room, you turn off all of the lights and make sure that all of the lights are turned off before you leave your house. Additionally, you can replace your bulbs with longer lasting and more efficient LED bulbs, which use less energy to produce the same amount of light.
16. Keep An Eye On Your Tank
When your propane tank reads at about 30%, it’s time to call your Columbus propane supplier and order a refill. If you wait until you are dangerously low on propane and must expedite your delivery, then you will you will have to pay an emergency or urgent fill fee. So, when you see that gauge at around 30% to 35%, be sure to call us and schedule a delivery. During the winter months, it can be a smart idea to call in at about 40% as inclement weather and demand for propane in general can affect delivery times.
17. Pre-Buy Your Propane
The best way to save money on Columbus propane is to buy your propane in advance and lock in a low price. When the demand for propane is low, such as in July and August, prices typically drop. This is a great time to buy a bunch of propane and you can save hundreds of dollars off your yearly energy expenditures using this method. Keep in mind that even with a pre-buy, you do need to watch the gauge on your tank and ensure that you provide us with plenty of time to deliver your propane.
If you need Columbus propane services, the team at Thrifty Propane can help. We provide propane delivery as well as leasing and selling new or refurbished tanks. We will even give you a free tank if you pre-purchase a specific amount of propane.