5 Tips for a Comfortable Winter
Whether we like it or not, winter is just around the corner. Staying warm when the temperatures drop can be a challenge, but here are a few simple steps to make it easier.
Preparing early is the key. Follow these steps to get ready for winter, then settle in and enjoy the comfort of a warm and secure home:
- Talk to your propane supplier now about automatic deliveries to make sure you don’t run out of propane. Some suppliers may offer summer-fill discounts which let you head into the heating season with a full tank. Now is the best time to anticipate your winter needs and make those arrangements. You have more control over cost and priority for deliveries when the demand is less. Don’t wait until everyone else needs service which will reduce your options.
- Get your appliances and propane system inspected and serviced by a qualified technician to ensure they are working effectively and efficiently. Doing this early, before heating demands place a strain on your furnace or water heater, can avoid a chilly home or cold showers. If you have an electric water heater, ask your propane supplier about MOPERC’s $400 rebate to install a new propane unit. That will ensure hot water while lowering your electric bill.
- Install and set a programmable thermostat to save an estimated 10 percent on your bill. Heating only when you need it, lowering the temperature at nighttime or when you are away, will save money without sacrificing comfort.
- 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. Water heating accounts for 14 to 18 percent of most energy bills, so implementing energy efficient measures here can help your savings add up quickly.
- Consider adding a propane standby generator. Propane generators are a great feature for Missouri homes that add an additional level of security. A propane generator will keep the power running even when your electricity goes out due to winter ice and windstorms.
Following these tips can help you save money and energy and can prevent you from being left in the cold this winter.
Propane provides energy efficiency, low energy costs and greater comfort. If you’re thinking about building a new home, converting your current one to propane or adding new propane appliances to your propane system, talk with your local propane supplier to learn about all the ways you can use propane, clean, American energy.