Energy Saving Tips

Winter scenicLast winter was one of the coldest Canadians had experienced in many years. Record breaking cold and successive winter storms led to significantly higher energy demand. This translated into higher costs of heating oil, natural gas, electricity, and propane, and in some communities caused delivery delays.

Families and businesses that rely on propane can have confidence that Canada’s propane industry is prepared, should we experience a repeat of harsh conditions this year, by offering additional supplies to meet potential demand. As the voice of Canada’s propane industry, we are also encouraging Canadians to plan ahead and top up their propane tanks now, should winter make an early appearance.

To help you prepare for colder weather and save money, here are a few steps that you and your family can take during the winter:

  • Ensure that your driveway and access to your tanks are cleared.
  • Turn down the thermostat. Manually, or using a programmable thermostat, raise the temperature a few degrees while you are at home and lower it when you are sleeping or away.
  • Reduce hot water consumption. Lower the temperature setting on your water heater. Consider showers instead of baths, and reuse water for laundry.
  • Reduce drafts. Install caulking and weather stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as ducts, fans and vents.
  • Keep curtains and blinds open to receive sunlight during the day, and close them at night.
  • Hang clothes on a rack to dry rather than using your clothes dryer.

Keeping Canadians warm and safe is our top priority. Canada’s propane industry will continue to make every effort to provide reliable and affordable service to its valued customers, and the Canadian Propane Association encourages customers to contact their propane retailer to put their winter plan into action. By working together, Canadians and Canada’s propane industry can take the sting out of winter.