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Energy Tips


Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home


Home Heating

  1. Residential heating systems need regular tune-ups. Contact Farmers Cooperative to inquire about a home-heating system inspection Hi-Desert Propane Energy Saving Tips program.
  2. Change your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will save you money on your heating bill.
  3. Consider investing in a furnace thermostat timer that can save money by lowering your home's temperature when you are not at home.
  4. Protect against drafts around windows and doors by caulking and weather-stripping.
  5. If you are purchasing a fireplace, consider selecting one fueled by propane. Propane fireplaces burn more efficiently than wood-burning models and distribute heat more evenly throughout the room.

Water Heaters

  1. You can save more than 10 percent on your water-heating bill by turning down your water heater from the standard 140 degrees to 130 degrees.
  2. Ask about an on demand hot water heater which only heats the water as needed.
  3. To extend your water heater's life and increase energy efficiency, drain it every six months to remove lime deposits and sediment.
  4. Install flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.
  5. Repair leaky faucets. A leak that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes wastes 3,200 gallons of water a year.

Home Appliances

  1. Gas ranges with electronic ignition systems will use 40 percent less energy than a standing pilot system.
  2. Be sure that all burners are burning with a blue, cone-shaped flame. A yellow flame indicates clogged air inlets or burners that need adjustment. Contact your propane supplier's service department immediately if you do not see a blue flame.
  3. Check the seal on your oven door. Gaps or tears in the seal will let heat escape and waste energy.


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