How to get your propane tank ready for winter

Oct 1, 2020 | Automatic Refills, Franger Gas, Propane, Propane Tips, Refill Tank, Winter Preparation

We know you want to keep your family warm and safe no matter how cold it gets outside.

Here are simple tips to keep your propane tank in top condition and ready to fuel the heat this winter.

Demand more. Are you spending more time at home than usual this year? That means you may need more fuel to keep your at-home workspace, family space and play space warm when cold weather arrives. You could see your energy use go up by 30% or more, according to some experts.

Keep the pressure on. Make sure your propane gauge stays above 20%. It’s the best way to maintain the vapor pressure your system needs to work efficiently.

Fill ‘er up. Schedule LP delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. That gives you enough fuel to keep your home running until your propane provider can fill your tank.

Sign up for our Automatic Fill Service. It takes the worry out of wondering if you will run out of gas. We’ll monitor your fill level and make sure you have plenty of propane to fuel your needs.

Stop the shrinkage. Liquid propane contracts in cold temperatures, which causes the volume to shrink. Less volume means loss of pressure. End result – fuel can’t reach your gas burner or heating system. Keep your propane tank clear of snow to let sunlight warm the surface

Look here. Mark the location of your tank with a pole, stake or other sign that is visible above snow banks and drifts. It’s a simple way to help you and your propane delivery driver find the tank in heavy snow.

Turn down your thermostat. A decrease of only a degree or two will lessen the time your propane heating system is on. That allows the pressure in the tank to build.

Save money. You can lower your heating bill 1 to 3% for every degree you set back your thermostat. That adds up over a long winter!

Save even more. When you sign up for regular delivery with our Automatic Fill Service, you get a 10 cents-per-gallon discount over standard call-In rates. More discounts are available if you pay your bill promptly.

NEVER use an open flame or electrical device near a propane tank. Accidents involving “heating” a tank to boost pressure are not uncommon.

NEVER cover your tank. It prevents the sun from reaching your propane tank and naturally warming it. That causes your system to work less efficiently – and costs you more over time.

Find out more about program options to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter. Call us today at (574) 264-2118.

 

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