60 million people in the U.S. alone enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane for activities such as heating homes, heating water, cooking, refrigeration, drying clothes, barbecuing, lighting and, of course, relaxing in front of a roaring fire.
One of the reasons why so many people rely on propane has to do with the fact that it doesn’t degrade or go bad like many of the other fuels on the market today; making it relatively safe and easy to store during the winter months.
That said, however, it is nonetheless important to follow some additional safety tips when either using or storing propane in the cold of winter. As this will ensure efficient performance and that your safety isn’t compromised.
The Propane Education and Research Council recommend that anyone using propane – whether for residential or commercial purposes – follow the top 5 winter propane safety tips which we at Arizona Propane have listed below.
Winter Safety Propane Tips
Safety Tip #1: Stock Up Before the Storm
It’s important to make sure you have enough propane prior to the start of a winter storm. To do this you can either stock pile your existing supply or ask your propane provider about payment and advance scheduling programs in order to ensure you’re never left out in the cold.
Safety Tip #2: Test those Appliances
While this safety tip is best done before the start of the heating season, it can still be completed anytime during the season as well. You should have a qualified technician inspect and service your propane-fueled heating systems as well as any and all appliances for efficiency.
Safety Tip #3: Set Programmable Thermostats
You could save approximately 10% off your monthly utility and propane bills just by purchasing, installing and setting a programmable thermostat. Set temperatures at a comfortable level while home and reset at higher/lower temperatures when asleep or away for maximum savings.
Safety Tip #4: Use Arizona’s Sun to Your Advantage
During Arizona’s winter months, you can take advantage of the state’s abundant sunshine by opening your curtains during the day, thus allowing the sun to naturally heat your home. During this time you can either opt to lower your thermostat or turn it off altogether.
Safety Tip #5: Reduce Energy for Heating Water
Heating water is a large energy expense, accounting for 14 to 18 percent of your monthly utility bills. You can reduce this expense by simply ensuring that your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit and installing low-flow shower heads/faucets throughout your home.