We’ve already talked about saving electricity in the home. Here we discuss some of the lesser energy supplies: Propane and Natural Gas.
Both are used in the same way, mainly heating in some form or another.
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We have a 250-gallon propane tank and we refill it less than once a year. A little trick here is turn your water heater down even for short weekend trips out of town, not just those week long vacations you take once a year.
Washing Clothes With Cold Water
Another tip is wash clothes with cold water. Today’s detergents work just as well in cold as hot water, I can attest to that as fact.
We live and work on a cattle ranch getting heavy fabrics dirty and covered in things most people can’t imagine.
Our clothes are just as clean when washed with cold water as they were when we used hot water in the wash.
If you heat with propane, another way to conserve is with a programmable thermostat.
It’s well known that *programmable thermostats have great potential of saving money by automatically adjusting temps when you’re at work or asleep and you can set it and forget it!
They’re very affordable as well, easily paying for their purchase price in no time.
Of course everybody has heard of the trick of adjusting the thermostat for the A/C, but remember it is just as effective for the heating system.
Not only can you set the temperature lower in winter months when you’re at work, but bump it down 1 or 2 degrees at night while you’re asleep. You’ll never know it when you’re under the blanket.
And remember to clean those HVAC filters. They get dirty in the winter too.
Passive Solar Energy For FREE
Yet another little trick is to open the blinds on the sunny side of he house for some natural solar heating. This makes an amazing difference.
So as of this writing, here’s a run down of the utilities used at our house.
(Granted there are just 2 of us but we work here 24/7 so we’re home a lot more than the average household.)
Electricity = $75 a month average.
Propane = about one 250-gallon refill every 13-15 months.
Water = less than 2,000 gallons a month.
Now let’s hear about your savings…..
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