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Heating with propane can be a cost-effective. But if you want to get even more bang for your energy buck, check out these tips.

Use a Ventilation System
A propane furnace used with fans or blowers as part of a ventilation system can help increase efficiency. A switch-controlled vent system closes when the room reaches a set temperature so you won’t waste propane.
hot_water_header_300Make the Most of Your Water Heater
You heat more than the air in your home. Propane can also help you make your hot water bill go further by using that energy to help heat your home. Used with a propane water heater, radiant heat systems pump heater water through tubes in your flooring. Since heat rises naturally, this system can be much more efficient than a traditional central heating system.
Try a Programmable ThermostatProgrammable-Thermostat
It doesn’t make much sense to pay to heat an empty house. Programmable thermoses let you lower the heat when you’re away to save energy and money. Pair them with an electronic igniter so you won’t waste money continually lighting a pilot light.
Check your Insulation

You’ll get the most out of the air you’re paying to heat if you have enough insulation in your home. You can check it against the U.S. Department of Energy’s guidelines here. While you’re at it, check to ensure windows and other openings of your home and properly sealed to keep warmed air inside where it belongs.

To find out how much propane you need to heat your home, contact Tevis Propane!

Ahh, spring. Time for RV owners to head out on the highway, explore their favorite places and find some new ones. RV ownership has grown for the past 8 years, and 2016 was up 13%, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

What better way to power all that cross-country fun than with portable, economical propane? It can provide the energy for all your appliances so your RV is as comfortable as your home.

In addition to de-winterizing your RV, be sure to add checking your your RV propane system to make sure your ride will be safe.

  1. Check your cylinders, brackets, and holding mechanisms. If they are rusted or corroded, you will need to replace them.
  2. Have a certified technician check your system once a year. They will check for potentially dangerous leaks and other malfunctions and give you peace of mind.
  3. Inspect your appliances. Make sure the connections are not damaged and everything is in good working order.
  4. Keep a working fire extinguisher handy and make sure your RV has operational carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  5. Make sure exterior vents are clear of debris.
  6. Be sure to have your tanks filled before you set out! At the Tevis Home Store we have a convenient pull in propane fill station. You don’t have to haul your tanks out, just pull in, fill your tanks and head out on the road.

And as always, before you hit the road, review your plan for what to do if you smell gas. If it happens in your RV, pull over, shut off all burners, extinguish all open flames, and turn the gas off, if you can do so safely. Open doors and windows to ventilate the area. Get as far away from the vehicle as you can and call 911. Do not re-start the RV until a technician has inspected your propane system.

Follow these tips and have a great road trip!

As spring is coming to a close and summer is right around the corner the housing market is booming. If you are in the market for a new home, you may be looking at a home that has a propane tank on the property. Your first experiences with propane may be a bit confusing. But don’t worry, a little information is all you need to be comfortable using propane in your home. Here are some tips for the first-time user.

  1. Know if the propane tank is owned or leased. This is important, because if the propane tank on your new property is leased you will need to create an account in your name with that company that owns that tank.
  2. Know your company. Check your tank for a sticker. Contact the company to transfer deliveries to your name. The company will answer any questions you have about the delivery process. If you tank has a Tevis Propane sticker you can contact us here or call 410-469-6386.
  3. Know the smell. It’s important that you are home for the first delivery. The delivery person will teach you what propane smells like. It’s important to be able to detect a leak. We will also go over some safety instructions, including how to react if you smell gas.
  4. Know the basics. The most important thing to know about propane is that it’s safe. Propane tanks do not explode. But in case of a leak, you should never store propane in an enclosed area.
  5. Know your yard. Before your first delivery, inform your company about the location of septic tanks, watering systems, and power lines so they can avoid them.

The previous home owner should be able to tell you if the tank is owned or leased. They should also be able to tell you which company they have been using. If you are in our delivery area and are having trouble getting this information give us a call. We can look up your address history and if we have ever delivered to your tank we can give you this information.

The biggest thing to know about having propane at your new residence is that it is versatile, safe and economically friendly!

When you think summer, you think propane, right?

Okay, maybe it’s not the first thing that pops into your head when the temperature starts to climb. But with all the grilling, camping, and road trips, propane might just be the unofficial gas of the season.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re using propane safely this summer.

Pre-Grilling Guidelines
Before you fire up the grill, it’s best to check it to make sure it is working properly. Check your hoses for cracks, holes and leaks. Scope out the tubes leading to the burner and make sure they aren’t blocked. Clean old grease from drip trays and grates. Issue eviction notices to any spiders that have turned your grill into an arachnid condominium over the winter.

Then, look at the propane tank itself. Be on the lookout for dents, gouges, corrosion, signs of leakage, or excessive rust. If you see any damage, bring it into our location at 1616 Hanover Pike, Hampstead and we will be happy to take a look. If needed, we can help you properly dispose of the old tank. While you’re at it, fill up or purchase a new tank. Those burgers are not going to cook themselves.

Fire It Up!
Now it’s time to get grilling. To light your grill, open the lid and ignite the burner immediately. You don’t want to trap the gas under the lid and cause a fire. And since you’re working with an open flame, you’ll obviously want to keep flammable materials – and people– away. So tell the knitting circle to give you some space.

If it’s raining and you still want to grill, resist the urge to turn your garage into an outdoor kitchen. Propane grills need proper ventilation, and your garage doesn’t have it. Keep your grilling to outdoor, open areas, and cook your rainy-day burgers on the stove.

Take your Tank
Before you grill anything, you’ll probably need to transport your propane tank from the store to your home. Do it safely, and you’ll live to grill again. Here are some safety tips:

Keep the tank upright. It should sit in your truck bed or trunk. Rolling or bouncing could cause a dent or puncture.

Don’t leave it in your car. The sun, as you may know, is incredibly hot. Heat makes things expand.  So remove the tank from your car as quickly as possible.

Cap it. Always close the cylinder valve and use a cylinder plug while transporting propane. You might think your tank is empty, but some gas could still leak out and fill your car.

Follow your nose. Propane gas is odorless, but it contains an additive so you’ll know when there is a leak. If you smell rotten eggs, pull over and remove the tank from your car. You can always get another propane tank.

Follow these Summer Propane Safety Hot Tips and you will have successful grilling this summer. Buy or exchange your propane tank at any one of our conveniently located cylinder racks or stop by the Tevis Home Store at 1616 Hanover Pike in Hampstead for a fill.