Winterizing Your Home While You’re Away

Keep Your Home Safe When You’re Not Around.

leaving home for holidays pennsylvaniaAccording to a recent survey, 47% of Americans plan to travel for at least one holiday this season. Are you one of them?

Whether you’re going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays, doing the “snowbird” migration somewhere warm like the Carolinas or Florida, or finally taking that long-deferred tropical cruise, you need to make sure that your home is properly winterized for the time you’re gone.

To-Do List Before Traveling

Here are five things you need to do for your home’s safety and your peace of mind.

1. Top Off Your Propane Tank

This is especially important if you’re going to be gone more than a few weeks. You’ll still need to run your furnace or boiler as well as the water heater. A full tank ensures you won’t come home to a propane runout. Contact us to schedule a propane delivery.

If you are a Keep Full automatic delivery customer, make sure that you let us know if you will be away for a month or more. Our propane delivery schedule for your home is partially based on your previous propane usage. This avoids unnecessary propane deliveries to your home.

2. Tune Up Your Heating System

“Why would I need a tune-up when I won’t be home to use it?” you might wonder. While you will not be there, your house will still need to be heated. If your furnace or boiler fails while you are away, your home may become cold enough inside to freeze and burst the pipes. No one wants that headache—or expense. Make an appointment to get this done before you leave!

3. Program your thermostat correctly

Don’t waste money on over-heating your home while you’re not there. Set your thermostat to keep your home’s temperature at a constant 55˚ Fahrenheit until you return. That saves energy while still ensuring that the house is warm enough to protect the plumbing.

If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat, now is a great time to take advantage of holiday sales and get one! When on vacation, a smart thermostat is quite useful. You can check your thermostat settings from anywhere with a signal and have the house warmed up ahead of your return.

4. Dial Down the Water Heater

Behind home heating, water heating is the second-largest user of energy in your home during the winter season. No point in keeping water hot as can be when you’re not home. Turn your water heater to the “Vacation” or “Low” setting. Since water heating makes up about 20% of your energy costs, this can save you a nice chunk of change!

5. Go Unplugged

Have you ever heard of the term “energy vampires?” It describes those appliances and electronics that suck up energy even when you’re not using them, driving up your energy costs.

The kitchen and bathroom are two of the most common locations for these energy vampires. Unplug small kitchen appliances like multicookers, coffeemakers, stand mixers, and toasters. Unplug electric toothbrushes and hair styling equipment from the bathroom.

Other items around your home to unplug include:

  • Washers and dryers (especially if they’re newer models with digital features)
  • Televisions
  • Gaming systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Modems and routers
  • Chargers for phones, laptops, and tablets
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Printers and scanners

Count on ProGas for your all home’s propane needs this season—and beyond! Become a customer today.