Preparing For Winter 2016

- 8:08 am - January 20th, 2016

Staying comfortable and safe this winter is as easy as planning ahead. By taking a few propane-related safety precautions, you and your family can enjoy winter in your warm, comfortably heated home! 

Have you reviewed the cold weather preparation checklist released by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)? If not, here are some of the highlights:

Propane Supply. 

Make sure you have an adequate supply. Ask your propane provider about payment programs and scheduling regular visits so there’s always enough propane in your tank. This will help you avoid running empty if inaccessible roads delay deliveries. 

Propane Gas Detector. 

Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for additional security. Always follow the manufacturer instructions for installation, location and maintenance. 

Propane Generator. 

Consider purchasing a propane generator. When other power sources fail, a propane generator can keep your house operating without interruption. 

In addition to taking safety precautions, it’s important to remain energy efficient for the winter months. Why? Because your home will burn through more gas, and quickly! So what can you do ensure your propane powered appliances are running at optimum efficiency?


If you’re in the market for a new propane oven, choose an Energy Star-certified model, which uses less energy than standard models.

Water Heating. 

Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to continue saving half of what you’d pay for electric. 

Home Heating. 

To keep your furnace running efficiently, bring in a professional to perform annual maintenance. You can also install a programmable thermostat in your home to save on yearly heating costs. 

Clothes Drying. 

Be diligent about keeping the lint filter in your clothes dryer clean. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and even become a fire hazard. 

Call Phillips Energy today about arranging a convenient payment program or delivery option for your home.