energy efficiency in winter

Maximizing Winter Coziness with Propane: Tips for Efficiency Without Breaking the Bank

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How to Maximize Energy Efficiency in Winter

As winter’s chill settles in, ensuring your home remains warm and inviting becomes a priority. Propane, a versatile and efficient fuel source, can be your ally in achieving this comfort. However, managing propane usage wisely is crucial to avoid soaring costs while still enjoying the warmth you crave. Here are some savvy strategies to maximize your propane this winter without sending your expenses skyrocketing.


Efficient Heating Systems

Investing in a high-efficiency propane heating system can be a game-changer. Modern propane furnaces and heaters are designed to offer superior energy efficiency, providing consistent warmth while consuming less fuel. Ensure your system is properly maintained, including regular filter changes and professional inspections, to keep it operating optimally.


Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat is a small investment that can yield significant savings. Set it to lower the temperature when you’re not at home or during the night when you’re snugly tucked in. Gradually raising the temperature when you’re about to return or wake up ensures you only use propane when needed.


Sealing and Insulation

Drafts and heat loss can put unnecessary strain on your propane usage. Seal gaps around windows and doors, and consider improving insulation in your home. Proper insulation retains warmth and reduces the frequency of heater cycles, leading to more efficient propane consumption.


Embrace Layering

Keeping your home consistently warm can be expensive. Instead, practice the art of layering. Wear warmer clothing and use blankets to stay comfortable at lower temperatures. This simple adjustment can drastically reduce your reliance on constant heating.


Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your propane appliances is essential. Dirty burners, malfunctioning components, and loss of tank pressure can cause inefficient burning, leading to higher propane usage. Schedule professional inspections and cleanings to ensure everything is running smoothly.


Efficient Water Heating

Water heaters are notorious for consuming energy. Consider lowering your water heater’s temperature slightly to save on propane without sacrificing comfort during showers or while washing dishes.


Cooking Tips

Propane stoves and ovens are common in many households. Opt for recipes that require shorter cooking times to reduce overall propane usage. When baking, cook multiple items simultaneously to make the most of each preheating cycle.


Regular Deliveries

Arrange for regular propane deliveries to avoid last-minute, emergency refills during winter storms. Staying ahead of your propane needs ensures consistent pricing and prevents sudden spikes in cost. Reach out to your local Delta Liquid Energy office to get scheduled.

Disclaimer: Restrictions may apply. We recommend consistently checking your tank’s gauge in the cooler months when using more fuel and ensuring you contact your local office when you are at 30% to allot enough time for a regular delivery.


Explore Energy Assistance Programs

For those facing financial challenges, consider exploring energy assistance programs. Many local and regional programs offer support to help households afford heating during the winter months, like the Home Energy Assistance Program.



The Delta Liquid Energy (DLE) propane Pre-Buy Program is an excellent way to budget for your winter propane use. Often, the price of propane is highest in the colder, winter months. Our Pre-Buy program sign-up starts in April and ends in June, so be sure to set yourself a reminder so you don’t miss out on potentially big savings next winter! Learn more about the program here.


Achieving a warm and cozy home during winter is entirely possible with propane, and you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. By implementing these smart strategies, you can make the most of your propane usage, keep your costs in check, and savor the comfort of a snug winter retreat.


Need to get propane for your heater or fireplace this winter? Call your local Delta Liquid Energy office today!


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