Household Energy Conservation: Propane and Natural Gas

By Stacy Taylor


We’ve already talked about saving electricity in the home. Here we discuss some of the lesser energy supplies: Propane and Natural Gas.  Both are used in the same way,mainly heating in some form or another.

Home Energy Conservation - Propane - Taylor-Made Ranch

We have a 250-gallon propane tank and we refill it less than once a year. A little trick here is turn your water heater down even for short trips out of town, not just those week long vacations you take once a year.

Another tip is wash clothes with cold water. Today’s detergents work just as well in cold as hot water, I can attest to that as fact. We live and work on a cattle ranch getting heavy fabrics dirty and covered in things most people can’t imagine. Our clothes are just as clean when washed with cold water as they were when we used hot water in the wash.

Another way to conserve is with a programmable thermostat.  It’s well known that programmable thermostats have great potential of saving money by automatically adjusting temps when you’re at work or asleep and you can set it and forget it!  They’re very affordable as well, easily paying for their purchase price in no time.  Of course everybody has heard of the trick of adjusting the thermostat for the A/C, but remember it is just as effective for the heating system. Not only can you set the temperature lower in winter months when you’re at work, but bump it down 1 or 2 degrees at night while you’re asleep. You’ll never know it when you’re under the blanket. And remember to clean those HVAC filters. They get dirty in the winter too.

Home Energy Conservation - thermostat - Taylor-Made Ranch

Yet another little trick is to open the blinds on the sunny side of he house for some natural solar heating. This makes an amazing difference.

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So here’s a run down of our house. (Granted there are just 2 of us but we work here 24/7 so we’re here a lot more than the average household.) Electricity = $75 a month average, Propane = less than one refill a year, water = less than 2,000 gallons a month. Now let’s hear about your savings…..

~TMR~

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15 thoughts on “Household Energy Conservation: Propane and Natural Gas

  1. Anne Kimball

    Oh, I’m so jealous! With a family of eight and a huge house, our fuel/electricity costs are astronimical. Sorry I’m so late getting over to read your post. Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Anne, we’re only a family of 2 right now and without children to remind constantly “what, are we trying to air condition the front yard??!” LOL Each family has their own needs, but hopefully there are gems we can all glean to reduce our own energy costs! ~TMR~

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  2. Chelsea

    These are some great saving tips! I would love for you to share at Give Me the Goods: marriedfiling-jointly.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-link-party-5.html

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  3. Hannah

    We are bless with free gas, but we still kee the thermo low and do other eco freindly things to conserve. Thanks for sharing your post with us! I hope you join us again today (yeah I know it’s a day late… linky issues) at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

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  4. Joyce

    When we lived in West Tennessee we had propane, no central air or heat. We lived on 16 acres which was mostly woods, we picked trees that were either dead or threatening healthier trees, and used them for heat. We had a large wood burning stove, well not really a stove, which heated all three floors of our log house. With 5 people in the house we did have to fill the propane tank once a year, miss those days We have recently started replacing our light bulbs with LED. Above our sinks in the bathrooms there are 6 bulbs. By changing to the LED we now only 2 bulbs one on each side. I also love the fact we can set the temp for not just the air, but also the heat. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve not jumped on the LED bandwagon yet, but I’m excited to try it! I love that you can have no difference in light but a huge difference in what it costs to turn that light on! Thanks for your comment Joyce and for sharing your story. ~TMR~

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  5. K

    I appreciate this post, thank you! It reminded me of this during my ranch days/doing laundry… giving time for the detergent to work at least 20 minutes; filling the empty washer with water/soap let it mix then adding laundry-letting the soap work 20 minutes/soaking. Very last thing was a final white vinegar rinse… For the propane tank- a corresponding/fitting wrench, dog chained next to turn off valve- can use red nail polish as arrows pointing to which way to turn to turn gas supply off.

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  6. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    Many conservation ideas are really easy to implement, just never really thought about. Glad you found this tip helpful for your friends. Thanks so much for your comment! ~TMR~

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  7. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    That’s a really great tip about the water heater. That would never had even crossed my mind. Of course, I rent an apartment, so that’s not an issue for me, but it definitely makes sense. I know a bunch of people who travel a lot that I’ll be sharing this tip with!! Thanks. 🙂

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  8. Rose

    That’s a good tip about washing with cold water, I tend to forget the detergent has more to do w/it than the temps. #TALU

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I think we were all raised with the different temp mindset as well. But with the more powerful detergents these days it’s really not necessary very often. As we mentioned – working on a ranch our laundry REALLY gives it the test! ~TMR~

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