Saturday, January 25, 2014

9 Ways to Stretch Your Propane



Yikes! 

Have you heard the news about the propane shortage?  Here in Nebraska, we have cold winters and in our little slice of the "Good Life" we rely heavily on propane for heating our homes.

We live in a very small town with no natural gas company-  that leaves my neighbors and family to rely on electricity, wood or corn burners, or propane to heat their homes.  You can imagine the panic yesterday when I heard that propane had jumped to over $5 a gallon! 

That is almost triple of what we paid in the Fall.  TRIPLE! 

I immediately ran outside to check the levels of our propane tank.  Then I was faced with a decision-  do I call and get a minimum fill (100 gallons and $5.05) or do I wait and see what happens.  I decided to hold off, praying that the propane shortage will ease in a few weeks.

I know that there has been an increase in the demand-  even this fall propane was in short supply due to the farmers drying corn.  I am hoping that this is a short lived event and the price is being driven higher by people panicking.  As I am writing this, believe me, I am crossing my fingers for luck. 

I know that many people cannot afford an extra $800-$1,000 heating bill this month or for the unforeseen future.  So here are a few ideas to implement and try to help stretch the remaining propane in your tank:



  • Turn down the thermostat.  Sounds simple, but it will be hard to keep the thermostat at 60 degrees when Mature Nature decides to freeze us out with -30 degrees below zero winds.  The main idea is to keep the house warm enough so the pipes don't freeze and cost you even more in the long run.

  • Supplement with infrared heaters.  We have several of the infrared heaters and they keep the rooms very comfortable.  I do want to urge caution on the use of space heaters and remind everyone about the dangers they pose.  This will increase your electric bill, but hopefully it will be cheaper than a propane fill.

  • Change your furnace filters.  I don't know if this will save you a lot of money in the long run, but it can't hurt.  Filters are supposed to be changed regularly and allow your furnace to run more efficiently.  Right now, every bit counts.

  • Shut off the hot water heater.  If your water heater uses propane to warm the water, shut it off at the fuse box.  About thirty minutes before you anticipate showers or laundry, turn it back on and let it warm up.  When you are finished or have a tank of warm water, shut it down so it is not kicking on throughout the day.  Our water heater will keep water warm for several hours during power outages.

  • If you use your oven, leave the door open afterwards.  You paid for the heat, you might as well use it! 

  • Slow cook it.  Our stove and oven run off of propane-  so I will be relying more on the trusty crock pot.  Crock pots are very economical to use compared to a standard oven.  Plus, I can throw in dinner at breakfast and forget about it until supper.  It doesn't get any easier in my book!

  • Insulate windows and electrical outlets.  It might cost you a few dollars now, but hopefully it will help you keep that precious heat inside!

  • Boil water or use a humidifier to put a little moisture in the air.  The humidity will make your house feel warmer.

  • Use electric blankets to keep warm at night.  Your electric bill will probably go up, but you might be able to get a good night's sleep if your teeth aren't chattering from the cold.
Do you have any tips or ideas?  Please comment and share them-  I know we can all use a little help this winter to stretch our propane.

13 comments:

mao qiuyun said...

washington redskins jerseys
air jordan shoes
ed hardy clothing
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban
barcelona jersey
new orleans saints jerseys
ray ban sunglasses
pandora jewelry
ray ban sunglasses uk
prada shoes
cartier love bracelet
timberland boots
true religion jeans
christian louboutin outlet
cheap nike shoes
michael kors outlet
nike running shoes
true religion outlet
the north face uk
hollister clothing
moncler coats
converse shoes
babyliss
karen millen uk
air force 1 shoes
tory burch shoes
coach outlet store
thomas sabo
puma shoes
abercrombie and fitch
monster beats
cartier watches
kobe shoes
mont blanc outlet
air force one shoes
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
tods outlet
0807maoqiuyun

dong dong said...

2015914dongdong
Designer Louis Vuitton Bags Discount
Designer Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet
hollister uk sale
coach outlet online
coach outlet online
Jordan 3 Retro 2015
Louis Vuitton Online Shop Stores
michael kors bags
nike air max 90
Coach Factory Outlet Clearance
Coach Outlet Discount Clearance Coach Handbags
ugg outlet
michael kors outlet
canada goose
uggs outlet
Jordan Concords Low And High
Abercrombie and Fitch Women's Clothing
ralph lauren
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
ray-ban wayfarer
michael kors uk
Christian Louboutin Outlet Sale Cheap Online
New Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online
ugg boots
michael kors uk
Cheap Ray Ban Wayfarer
Coach Diaper Bag Outlet
Louis vuitton Official Website Outlet Online
fitflops sale clearance
toms outlet
jordan shoes
Michael Kors Outlet Sale Handbags Discount
Louis Vuitton Clearance Sale
Authentic Air Jordan 13 shoes for sale

小 Gg said...

cheap oakley sunglasses
ray ban sale
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet online
tiffany jewellery
mac makeup
canada goose outlet
bottega veneta outlet online
ralph lauren,ralph lauren uk,ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren outlet online,polo ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren polo
the north face jackets
replica watches
wedding dresses
pandora charms
mont blanc
san antonio spurs
mulberry outlet online
gucci
michael kors outlet store
supra footwear
tory burch handbags
qqq1024

柯云 said...

2015-12-29keyun
coach factory outlet
ugg boots outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton handbags
coach factory outlet
abercrombie and fitch
jordan shoes
cheap jordans
louis vuitton purses
louis vuitton outlet
replica rolex watches
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton purses
adidas originals store
abercrombie
louis vuitton outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
michael kors outlet
oakley outlet
beats by dr dre
tory burch shoes
canada goose outlet
nfl jerseys
the north face jackets
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
rolex watches
coach factory outlet
ugg boots sale
michael kors outlet clearance
louis vuitton outlet
uggs sale
michael kors outlet
timberlands
abercrombie & fitch
ugg boots on sale
uggs for women
soccer shoes

dongdong said...

ghd flat iron
ray ban sunglasses
ugg sale
michael kors outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
michael kors
polo ralph lauren
prada bags
michael kors outlet
michael kors watches
louboutin
hollister sale
michael kors uk
ralph lauren uk
polo ralph lauren outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors bags
omega watches
valentino store
bottega veneta
coach outlet online
michael kors bags
canada goose sale
coach outlet
versace
prada bags
oakley sunglasses
babyliss flat iron
michael kors outlet
adidas superstars
coach outlet
mcm handbags
mizuno running shoes
coach outlet online
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
ray bans
burberry outlet online
pandora charms
20163.18wengdongdong

Gege Dai said...

louis vuitton bags
michael kors outlet store
michael kors factory outlet
louis vuitton handbags
tory burch shoes
tiffany outlet
polo ralph lauren
air force 1 shoes
jordan shoes 2015
lululemon outlet
lebron james shoes
ray ban sunglasses
cheap football shirts
michael kors uk
longchamp pas cher
toms outlet store
gucci outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet clearance
ralph lauren outlet
kobe bryant shoes
nike air max
christian louboutin outlet
burberry sunglasses
louis vuitton handbags
basketball shoes,basketball sneakers,lebron james shoes,sports shoes,kobe bryant shoes,kobe sneakers,nike basketball shoes,running shoes,mens sport shoes,nike shoes
michael kors factory outlet
michael kors wholesale
tiffany outlet
omega outlet
cheap nfl jersey
hollister uk
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton outlet
chanyuan0606

Meiqing Xu said...

instyler max
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet store online
hollister clothing
longchamp outlet
louis vuitton borse
nike free flyknit
jimmy choo shoes
ralph lauren pas cher
nike air force 1
armani jeans
adidas supercolor
cartier watches
ralph lauren outlet online
ray ban sunglasses discount
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
adidas superstars
cheap basketball shoes
vans shoes
nike running shoes
cheap jordans
ecco shoes
rolex daytona
coach outlet
reebok classic
reebok shoes
louis vuitton pas cher
timberland boots
versace sunglasses
fitflops outlet
michael kors outlet
true religion jeans
yeezy boost 350
zhuo20160708

dong dong23 said...

jordan 3 infrared
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet store online
jordan shoes
gucci handbags
coach outlet
lebron james shoes 12
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
tory burch outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors handbags
toms shoes outlet online
polo ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton handbags
cheap jordans
coach outlet
jordan 6
marc jacobs
toms shoes
fitflops
replica watches
toms outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
ralph lauren
kevin durant shoes
replica watches
polo ralph lauren
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
adidas originals
christian louboutin shoes
coach outlet store online
coach outlet
nike air max
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
asics running shoes
20167.19wengdongdong

Hua Cai said...

michael kors handbags outlet
versace sunglasses on sale
hollister shirts
basketball shoes
ghd uk
cheap replica watches
michael kors handbags
tory burch outlet
tiffany jewellery
michael kors handbags outlet
louis vuitton outlet
longchamp bag
nike air max uk
ugg boots
cheap uggs
fitflops sale clearance
canada goose jackets
oakley sunglasses wholesale
juicy couture tracksuit
longchamp outlet
adidas nmd runner
true religion jeans sale
nike free 5
oakley sunglasses
ugg boots
chrome hearts eyewear
coach outlet online
ray-ban sunglasses
swarovski outlet
louis vuitton bags
coach outlet online
michael kors wallet sale
michael kors outlet clearance
jordan 13
louboutin pas cher
20160810caihuali

xjd7410@gmail.com said...

20170214 junda
ralph lauren polo
ferragamo shoes
toms shoes
michael kors
air max uk
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet clearance
ugg boots
prada shoes
tory burch outlet online

chenmeinv0 said...

tiffany and co
ray ban sunglasses
instyler curling iron
chanel handbags
oakley store
denver broncos jerseys
ray ban canada
coach factory outlet
rolex watches
retro jordans
20174.13chenjinyan

chenmeinv0 said...

true religion jeans
vans store
columbia shoes men
coach purses
ray ban sunglasses sale
michael kors outlet online
birkenstock sale
coach outlet store online
cheap nhl jerseys
louis vuitton outlet store
hzx20170528

Jian Zhuo said...

christian louboutin shoes
rolex watches
yeezy boost
pandora charms
coach outlet online
nike free run
dodgers jerseys
michael kors
thunder jerseys
air jordans
170613yueqin