7 tips on how to lower your gas & energy bill
When it comes to reducing your gas and energy bills, making a few simple changes can go a long way. By implementing energy-saving practices, you not only save money but also contribute to a more sustainable future. From adjusting your water heater temperature to making efficiency swaps, these tips will put you on the path to greater energy efficiency and cost savings.
How to Lower Your Energy Bill
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) reports that roughly 50 million American homes use propane. Propane is the most cost-effective way to heat a home and is safer and more efficient than gas or electric heat sources — and the savings isn’t limited to heat. Propane can also be used to power hot water heaters, stoves, generators, and other appliances in your home. In fact, simply switching to a propane-powered water heater can help you save up to 20% on your annual energy costs.
Here's a list of changes you can begin incorporating today for immediate savings opportunities.
1. Turn down the temperature on your water heater.
Did you know that water heating accounts for a significant portion of your energy usage? The default setting for most manufacturers is 140 degrees — much higher than the average household needs. While you may not notice a difference in the temperature of your water, you’ll likely notice a difference in your overall consumption.
2. Schedule services with a qualified technician.
Regular maintenance and servicing of your heating and cooling systems can significantly improve their efficiency and performance. It's essential to schedule professional services with a qualified technician who can clean and inspect your equipment, ensuring optimal functionality. A well-maintained system operates more efficiently, lowering energy consumption and reducing costs.
3. Adjust your thermostat when you’re away.
We know how it is. When the weather fluctuates, adjusting your thermostat to save money may not be very appealing. But what if we told you that the Department of Energy reported up to 10% savings a year on heating and cooling by doing so? By turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day in the winter, the savings can really add up. In the summer, turn the thermostat up 7°-10°F for similar savings.
Pro tip: Adjust your thermostat while you’re away. That way, you’ll save your propane for when you’re home to enjoy it.
4. Keep your heating vents clear.
When arranging a room, don’t forget to keep your heating vents in mind. By keeping the vents clear of rugs, furniture, and other items, air circulates more freely and can help prevent your furnace from working overtime. On the flip side, if you have rooms that don’t get much use, consider closing their vents. This way, you can heat and cool the rooms you use efficiently.
5. Keep up with routine home maintenance.
Seasons come and go, but home maintenance is forever. By sealing air leaks and improving insulation in your home, you can have a significant impact on your energy bill. Weatherproofing your doors and windows, adding insulation to walls and attics, and sealing gaps and cracks can prevent heat loss during winter and minimize heat gain during summer. A home tune-up can enhance energy efficiency, reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems, and ultimately lower gas and energy expenses.
6. Spend energy wisely.
Simple changes in your daily routines can contribute to significant energy savings. Remember to turn off lights, unplug electronics when not in use, and use natural lighting whenever possible. Encourage your family members or roommates to adopt energy-conscious habits as well. Small steps like these can add up and make a noticeable difference in your monthly gas and energy expenses.
Here are a few tried and true methods to lower your energy bills that are worth incorporating into your daily routine:
Take shorter showers
The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average shower lasts about eight minutes and uses more than 16 gallons of water. Every minute counts when you factor in the energy used to transport and warm the water.
Tackle chores during off-hours
As energy demand rises, so will the cost of generating electricity. Many states recognize 4-8 pm on weekdays as peak energy usage time. By tackling chores during off-peak times (usually in the early morning and overnight), you’ll take advantage of lower energy costs.
7. Make efficiency swaps.
Investing in efficient equipment and appliances may require an upfront cost, but can yield substantial long-term savings on your energy bill. Propane-powered ranges and stoves not only benefit your cooking experience but are proven to be more cost-effective in comparison to their electric counterparts.
Replace old, inefficient appliances and equipment with newer, more energy-efficient models. Energy Star-certified appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, can consume significantly less energy while providing the same level of performance. PERC also offers incentive programs for propane-powered appliances.
If you’re not already a propane-powered household, consider converting your all-electric home to propane. Propane is a versatile and efficient fuel source that can help you save on your energy bills, and help make budgeting for utilities more predictable.
Know what can influence the price of propane
Understanding the factors that influence propane prices can help you make informed decisions and manage your budget effectively. Some of the key factors that can affect propane prices include:
Crude oil prices
Propane prices often correlate with crude oil prices since propane is derived from crude oil refining.
Supply and demand
Seasonal fluctuations, weather conditions, and supply disruptions can impact propane prices.
The cost of transporting propane to your location can affect the final price you pay.
Competitive market conditions can influence propane prices among different suppliers.
Much of the propane produced in the U.S. is exported. If demand increases overseas or in the U.S., the price of propane may go up.
By monitoring these conditions, you can plan ahead, take advantage of price fluctuations, and potentially save on your propane costs. Our online pricing tool is a great way to gauge the current price of propane in your area. If you have questions, contact us directly for more information.
Make the switch to propane
If you're looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly fuel alternative, consider making the switch to propane.
With great customer service, easy management of your account online, and so much more, the switch is simple. Our propane experts are here to help you make the right choices for your needs. Give us a call, start a chat, or connect with us today.