7 Ways To Cut Your Lancaster Propane Costs
If you are one of our Lancaster propane customers, you are probably interested in learning a few simple ways to reduce the cost of this fuel. Fortunately, we have several tips that will help you enjoy the lowest possible propane prices and some tips to help you conserve propane.
1. Plan When You Buy
Unlike natural gas or coal, with propane you have the option to purchase your energy source when prices are low. With natural gas, you simply pay the price set by the utility company, and that can translate to much higher bills during the prime heating season. Propane also tends to cost more per gallon during the coldest months of the year, but if you fill up your tank prior to the dip in temperatures, you typically can save a bundle.
While you might not be thinking about propane much during July and August, if you fill up your tank during these months, rather than waiting for October or November, you might save hundreds of dollars. On our website, we constantly update the daily price of propane, so if you see an excellent price, give us a call and schedule a fill.
2. Buy Propane In Bulk
Did you know that you can buy extra propane when you schedule a routine tank fill? You can pre-buy extra propane, and if you purchase your propane when prices are very low, you can enjoy a huge savings. We will send out emails throughout the year whenever prices dip, encouraging our Lancaster propane customers to pre-buy propane. If possible, take advantage of these deals. When sky-high winter prices come along, you will be glad that you bought your propane at a far lower price.
3. Install A Programmable Thermostat
Too often, we forget to turn off the heater or air conditioner when we leave the house. We also often keep the air too warm or too cool at night. If you install a programmable thermometer, this device can adjust the temperature for you. These thermometers can be set to turn off the heat as you are heading out the door for work and have the heater flip back on just before you get home. Your thermometer also can keep the heat lower at night, when you have blankets to keep you warm, thus saving you a bit of propane.
4. Find The Escape Routes
Just about every house has a draft somewhere, and if you can find those drafts and close them up, then extra heat or air conditioning cannot escape. The attic is typical trouble spot, so ensure that you have enough insulation. Doors and windows and even electrical outlets can be trouble spots as well. You can hire a professional to provide you with an energy audit and find ways to ensure that your “bought” air is not escaping from your home.
5. Don’t Pay For What You Don’t Use
If you have rooms that are rarely in use, close the vents and keep the doors closed. There’s no reason to heat or cool a guest room or another room that no one uses. This sentiment also ties back in to the use of a programmable thermostat. If you aren’t at home, don’t heat or cool your house, or at the very least, turn down the heat or AC to conserve propane and other energy sources.
6. Use Less & Save Money
Aside from your furnace, your water heater uses a huge amount of energy to heat up the water in your home. To combat this high usage, first set the water heater no higher than about 120 degrees. From this point, you can conserve energy by washing clothes using cold water whenever possible and taking shorter showers. You also can dry clothes for just a few minutes in the dryer and then allow them to air dry. Turning off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher also conserves energy.
7. Gather Up Your Neighbors
At Thrifty Propane, we offer a cost-saving Neighborhood Plan that can reduce the costs of your Lancaster propane. If you can gather together a few of your propane-using neighbors and schedule a fill of 1,000 gallons or more, we will charge you lower large-volume rates. All of the customers need to live within a two-mile radius of each other for this plan. We also offer a $25 propane credit if you refer a friend to Thrifty Propane.