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Blossman Gas Top 10 Energy Saving Tips for Cold Weather and Propane Use

Asheville, NC- January 23, 2014– Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service is providing Energy Saving Tips consumers should know during the cold weather season. One of the key benefits of propane is that it

doesn’t degrade or go bad like other fuels, making it safe and easy to store during the winter months.

1.Change your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will increase efficiency. If on a monthly payment plan, use receipt of your monthly propane bill as a reminder.

2.Run washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers with a full load.3.Turn down your water heater from the standard 120 degrees to 115 degrees. You could save more than 10 percent on your water heating bill.

4.Keep your blinds open to let natural sunlight help heat your home.

5.Gather the unused propane cylinders bought for gas grills, mowers, or forklifts. Secure the cylinders in an outdoor storage cage or other protected storage area away from ignition sources.

6.Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediment.

7.Mark your propane tank with a flag, pole, or stake higher than the average snow cover depth for your area. These markers will help you avoid plowing into or shoveling snow on top of your tank.

8.Maintain winter access to your outdoor storage tank, keeping a path clear of snow and ice.

9.Take advantage of automatic delivery options if available. This allows the propane retailer to efficiently plan a route and keep your tank adequately supplied.

10.If you’re not part of an automatic delivery program, it’s recommended that you call for delivery when your tank is at 30 percent full. This will avoid running empty in times of heavy snowfall when roads may be inaccessible for delivery.

11.Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediment.

Here are some additional safety tips to keep your storage tanks and equipment safe in the cold, wind, and snow.

According to Jessie Johnson, Blossman Propane Gas Marketing Vice-President, “A few small changes before and during the cold weather season really can make a big difference.”

Inspect and tune-up your residential heating system regularly. A heating system that runs well is more efficient and will save you money.

Invest in a furnace thermostat timer that lowers your home’s temperature when you are not at home. You can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent per year by turning your thermostat back 10-15 percent for eight hours per day.

Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as ducts, fans and vents.

Install flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.

Consider switching to a propane water heater. Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to one-third less to operate and they recover hot water twice as quickly as electric water heaters.

Sources: Propane Education & Research Council, National Propane Gas Association, American Gas Association and theU.S. Department of Energy.

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