The painful price per gallon of gas gets all the headlines, but this year’s inflation has not been kind to people who rely on propane either. Residential propane prices typically rise in the peak cold months and fall in the warm offseason — but not this year.
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Around Christmas of 2021, propane cost roughly $2.70 per gallon. But as March of this year turned into April — when the U.S. Energy Information Administration stops reporting prices as the season ends — the price had moved in the wrong direction, to more than $3 per gallon.
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Propane is heralded as a safe and clean-burning energy source that lets you power your entire home with one fuel. Another benefit is that propane users have a lot of power to lower their utility bills with a little maintenance and strategizing.
The following pieces of propane advice will help you burn less fuel and save more money next winter and beyond.
Change Your Furnace Filter Every Month
Changing your furnace is a reasonably cheap and easy DIY task that pays you back in three ways. According to Bob Vila, a fresh filter will lower your energy bills, improve air quality and keep your appliances running smoothly.
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Basic fiberglass filters cost roughly $2 to $6 at Home Depot. More elaborate versions can cost up to $20.
It’s an important investment that will pay dividends in the long run, especially if you have shedding pets, if you smoke, if your fans run most of the time or if you notice excess dirt and dust around the house. Basic filters trap dust and dirt, which can damage your unit’s heating coil or fan. More expensive filters can eliminate contaminants like pollen, mold, bacteria and mildew.
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According to the Department of Energy (DOE), heating your house costs more money and burns more fuel than any other home system. Heating accounts for about 29% of the average utility bill, and regularly changing your furnace filter can save you as much as 15% of that cost.
Fill Up Early in the Season
According to Diversified Energy, propane is cheaper in the warmer months and more expensive in the winter months. But the company also points out that …….