An especially cold winter and high demand for propane last year led to a spike in propane prices and shortages in some areas of the country. At G&B Energy, we worked hard to keep our customers tanks full and their homes warm. This fall we encourage you to use the tips below to be proactive so that you will be ready for cold winter temperatures. Here is what you can do:
1. GO INTO WINTER WITH A FULL TANK!
Having a full propane or heating oil tank will ensure that you have the necessary fuel needed in the event of a power outage or inaccessible roads. Bad weather conditions coupled with poor road conditions could delay propane or heating oil deliveries by several days. So make sure to be mindful of your fuel consumption and the level of propane or heating oil in your tank! A good rule of thumb is to call for a refill when your tank is around 25% full.
2. Consider a propane generator
If bad weather hits, you never know when your power sources might fail you. Therefore, it would be beneficial to have a propane generator to serve as a backup to keep your house operating without interruption.
3. Confirm that your heating system and appliances are running efficiently
Don’t waste money this winter trying to heat your home with an inefficient system! When your heating system and appliances are running as efficiently as possible, you conserve fuel and save money. Schedule a time for one of our friendly service technicians to come out and check your system and appliances to make sure they will be ready when cooler weather arrives.
4. Trim low hanging branches from your driveway
Our delivery trucks are rather tall and trees can grow over the summer months. If tree limbs hang over your driveway, trim back branches so delivery trucks can have unobstructed access to the propane or heating oil tank.
5. Confirm the proper operation of your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Change the batteries in these devices and test their operation. Refer to the manual for the test procedure of your model smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. If your home does not have a carbon monoxide detector, we strongly encourage you to install one as soon as possible.
Need help preparing for cold weather? Feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form! We are more than happy to help!