Tips With Propane
Gas ranges with electronic ignition
systems will use 40 percent less energy than
a standing pilot system.
Be sure that all burners are
burning with a blue, cone-shaped flame. A
yellow flame indicates clogged air inlets
or burners that need adjustment.
Check the seal on your oven
door. Gaps or tears in the seal will let
heat escape and waste energy.
- All furnaces can collect lint and dirt and should be cleaned
regularly. Contact your local propane supplier for information
on proper cleaning and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Drain your hot water tank periodically to get rid of sediment
build-up on the bottom of the tank.
- Keep your dryer in a heated space. Putting it in a cold or
damp basement will make the dryer work harder and less efficiently.
- Make sure your dryer is vented properly. If you vent the
exhaust outside, use the straightest and shortest metal
duct available. Do not use a flexible vinyl duct because
it restricts the air flow, can be crushed, and may not withstand
high temperatures from the dryer.
- Check the outside dryer exhaust vent periodically. If it
doesn't close tightly, replace it with one that does to
keep the outside air from leaking in. This will reduce heating
and cooling bills.
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve
air circulation. Regularly clean the lint from vent hoods.
- Dry only full loads, as small loads are less economical;
but do not overload the dryer.
- When drying, separate your clothes and dry similar types
of clothes together. Lightweight synthetics, for example,
dry much more quickly than bath towels and natural fiber
- Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the dryer's
- Use the cool-down cycle (perma-press cycle) to allow the
clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.