We take safety very seriously, which is why we’ve compiled some helpful tips for you to stay as safe as possible.
At EnergyUnited, safety is always a priority and when it comes to running your home safely and efficiently, these are the tips that we like to abide by. Take a look!
- Have your heating system checked to make sure it is in top condition. Check your furnace filter once a month and change it when it is dirty.
- If you’re going away for the weekend during the heating season, lower the thermostat to 60°F. Also, lower the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at night. A programmable thermostat does this automatically and will pay for itself quickly. Heat pumps may be an exception. Ask your dealer how to operate them most efficiently.
- Close doors and shut off vents to rooms not being used. For electric baseboard or ceiling cable systems, turn the thermostat way down.
- Use kitchen and bathroom fans only as long as necessary. They draw out air that you’ve paid to heat or cool.
- Insulate heating ducts, especially those that run through crawl spaces or other unheated areas.
- Take shorter, not-so-hot showers. Normally, showers use less water than baths.
- Set your water heater at 120°F. If you have an electric water heater, turn off the power before changing the setting.
- Drain a bucket of hot water from the faucet at the base of your water heater several times a year. This will reduce sediment buildup and make the heating elements last longer.
- Run your clothes washer or dishwasher only for full loads.
- Clean your clothes dryer lint filters after each load. Check dryer exhaust ducts for leaks or plugging and make sure they’re vented outside. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it to automatically turn off the unit when clothes are dry.
- A dishwasher uses more energy to dry dishes than to wash them. Use the “energy saver” switch on your dishwasher. This usually shuts off the drying element.
- Cover all liquids stored in your refrigerator. Moisture drawn into the air makes the refrigerator work harder.
- Locate refrigeration appliances away from heating equipment, vents and direct sunlight. Provide adequate space on all sides, and above, for ventilation. If you have a freezer or extra refrigerator, place them in a basement or other conditioned space, as opposed to a garage, where the unit will work much harder in warmer months.
- Check gaskets around refrigerators and freezers by closing the door on a piece of paper. If it pulls out with little or no drag, the seal probably needs to be replaced. Keep the condenser coils cleaned, and the “toe grill” at front unobstructed.
- Turn off all appliances, TVs, lights and radios when not in use.
- New energy-efficient lighting gives more light for less energy. An 18-watt compact fluorescent tube gives you more light than a 60-watt bulb at one-quarter the energy cost. Energy-efficient bulbs cost more initially, but are far less expensive in the long run.
- Use the proper appliance for the job. Microwave, convection and toaster ovens are often quicker and more economical to use than an electric range.
Propane Safety Tips
Propane is a clean-burning, versatile and safe way to heat your home and water. But as with any fuel, there are certain steps to take that ensure you and your home are safe and comfortable. Leaks are rare, but they can happen. Knowing what to do if you smell gas can help ensure the situation is resolved safely and quickly. Here’s what you need to know:
- Propane gas has a distinct rotten egg or skunk smell. If you smell gas, immediately extinguish all smoking materials and any open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or anything that could create a spark, triggering an explosion or fire.
- If you can, turn off the main gas supply to your house by turning the valve to the right (clockwise). Get everyone out of the area immediately, and call EnergyUnited Propane or 911.
- Don’t return until one of our certified technicians or emergency respondents have determined it is safe.
Call 811 Before You Dig
Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries and costly repairs. Always dial 811 at least three days before any digging project and let them know what kind of project you are working on. Utility companies who have potential facilities in the area of your dig site will be notified about your intent to dig. Each affected utility company will send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground utility lines within 2-3 working days. Find out more here: https://call811.com/
Additional Safety Tips
- Avoid running out of gas by signing up for automatic delivery. When tanks go empty, pressure changes could lead to a leak when the tank is refilled. Additionally, if you run out of gas, pilot lights on your appliances will go out, resulting in leaks if they are not relit promptly when the tank is refilled.
- Use caution when lighting pilot lights. If a pilot light repeatedly goes out, or is difficult to ignite, there may be a problem. Call EnergyUnited Propane and we’ll send a technician over right away.
- Keep paint thinners and other flammable liquids away from gas appliances. The pilot could ignite fumes and result in a fire or explosion.