10:08 am - February 19, 2014
What seems to be hurting the most right now? Back pain? Knee pain? What about Propane? The propane industry has seen an unforeseen surge in cost and in conjunction with an extremely cold winter, is wreaking havoc on homeowners struggling to fill up their propane pigs on an annual basis. The cost of propane soared from a steady cost of $1.75/gallon all the way to as much as $5/gallon! With prices like that, a 750 gallon propane pig could cost as much as $3,750 to fill!
It’s difficult to wean off of propane use because the residents that have them do so because most utility companies have no established natural gas lines out to where you may live, however, there are ways to reduce your use on that wallet-eating-pig!
One way to reduce your use of propane is to install a dual-fuel heat pump. Heat pumps have changed over the years and technology has developed enough to enable a heat pump to heat a home as long as the temperature does not fall below 32 degrees. Once the temperature dips below freezing, your high efficiency propane furnace would take over to heat the home. Now it’s not the ultimate solution, because this year our temperatures have been well below freezing for quite some time, but it helps nonetheless and could end up saving quite a bit of money by the end of a heating season.
The second option is to install a wood or pellet burning stove or fireplace insert. With a hot fire ripping in the living room for most of the day, it would keep your dependance on your propane furnace to a minimum. Your investment could be recouped in a short amount of time depending on how much you would use your stove or fireplace. This year, we’ve seen an increase in customers opting for wood or pellet stoves. A new stove would help increase the value and overall image of your home if you may be looking to sell down the line, and the more obvious reason, the fuel savings by not relying on propane as much. These are just a couple ways that Randazzo can help reduce the pain of propane.
Give us a call at (888) 884-3322 and talk to a Comfort Advisor about how much YOU can save, or feel free to schedule a free in-home estimate online, today!