Moving into a new home can be overwhelming. Between packing, paperwork and more, there are plenty of challenges.
But even if you’re new to propane, having a propane-powered home isn’t a challenge — it’s a benefit. Propane’s price tends to be more stable than other fuels, making your heating bill more predictable. Because no power grid connections are necessary, propane is more accessible and reliable during unpredictable weather. Plus, working with a propane distributor means you’re supporting a local business.
If you’re purchasing a new home that’s powered by propane, the following tips can help you get even more out of this reliable and efficient fuel.
Take care of your tank
With the right setup, a propane tank can take care of itself with little maintenance or energy from you. Plus, by having a trustworthy distributor or exploring potential deals or rebates, propane becomes an even more reliable and affordable option. To get started:
- Get in touch with a distributor and have a safety check conducted.
Previous owners of your property will have an existing relationship with a propane distributor, but it may be worth exploring other options in your area. You want a partner you can trust and someone who will be communicative and available should issues come up. When contacting a new distributor, ask to have a propane safety check conducted. To prevent accidents or injuries, propane should not be delivered until your home has passed this safety check.
- Look into money-saving options.
When talking with distributors, ask them if they offer any residential rebates or summer fill programs. Generally, filling your tank in the summer in preparation for the winter will be less expensive because the fuel is in lower demand. To help control costs further, ask about average monthly billing, which will estimate your fuel costs for the full year and bill you an average rate to make budgeting easier.
- Take advantage of tank-filling technology.
Many tanks come equipped with a monitoring device that will automatically alert your distributor when levels get low. In addition, your distributor may do periodic leak checks to ensure your equipment is running at maximum efficiency — and maximum safety.
If you’re investing in propane appliances
Propane appliances offer higher efficiency, less maintenance and, in many cases, greater convenience over electric appliances. Whether you’re exploring a propane-powered dryer, a tankless water heater or a new gas range, weigh the following considerations.
- Hire a professional for installations.
When it comes to installing propane equipment, it’s best to hire a professional for installation. A contractor will be up-to-date with the newest technology and will be able to troubleshoot on the spot for any leaks or other issues. Safety should always come first.
- Consider a propane generator.
A propane generator can be a more reliable option when preparing for bad weather. If you’re solely relying on the electric grid, power lines can get easily knocked down in dangerous weather, which can leave your family without power for days. Because propane is self-contained and does not have a shelf life, families can rely on it as a reliable and safe backup fuel source.
Once set up, your propane-powered home should run seamlessly — with the added bonus of better efficiency and clean-burning energy. For any other questions regarding rebates and even at-home safety tips, be sure to check out the PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COUNCIL. And if you’re looking for a propane supplier, learn more about PURCHASING PROPANE FROM CENEX®.
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