6 Tips to Save Energy While on Vacation

Are you going away for the holidays? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, there are a few things you can do to save energy (and lower your bills!) while you’re away. Scroll through the images for 6 tips to save energy while on vacation.

1. Turn down your thermostats.
Setting all of your home’s thermostats to 55 degrees ensures that your pipes won’t freeze but you’ll also save energy by not heating an empty house. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to raise the temperature for the day you’ll be returning, or if you have a thermostat controlled by a smartphone app, you can adjust the temperature remotely.

2. Adjust your water heater.

If you don’t have a tankless model, your water heater will continue to heat the water in your tank. Use the “vacation” mode if your model has one, or lower the temperature setting to minimize the standby heat loss. Having readily available hot water accounts for up to 20% of energy used in your home.

3. Unplug electronic devices and appliances.

Think items like your coffee maker, toaster, TV’s, DVD players, computers, and game consoles. These items are energy vampires- they drain energy when plugged in even if they’re not in use.

4. Lower the blinds or close the curtains.

Closing the blinds or curtains will help keep the heat inside your home and prevent the cold drafts from getting in.

5. Install timers on exterior lights and switch to LED lightbulbs.

Rather than leaving your lights on the entire time you’re away for security purposes, conserve energy by setting the timer to turn the lights on for a few hours each night. Additionally, switching to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs will mean fewer replacements and cost savings over time as they typically last longer.

6. Consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it.

Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy users in your home. If you’ll be gone less than a week or two and have emptied your fridge, conserve energy by adjusting the temperature to warmer settings. Around 38-40 degrees for the refrigerator and 3-5 degrees for the freezer. If you’ll be gone more than two weeks, consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it.

These are just a few simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bill while you’re on vacation. While some of them may seem minimal, it does make a difference. To learn more about energy savings, visit our website or contact us.

6 Ways to Save Energy on Laundry

6 Ways to Save Energy on Laundry

Did you know that the average family of four washes almost 400 loads of laundry a year? Your laundry could be adding up over time – and we don’t mean the clothes in your laundry basket! Washing and drying clothes uses a lot of energy, but it doesn’t have to with these 6 ways to save money on your water and energy bills while doing laundry.

18 Green Energy Tips for Earth Day

18 Green Energy Tips for Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a global environmental movement that raises awareness for protecting our natural resources by “going green” and reducing waste and energy use.

Many homeowners want to be more energy efficient, or “green.” From bigger projects to small changes, there are many green-living solutions to make your home more environmentally friendly.

Take a Tour Through a Propane Backyard

By: Andrea Karass and Andrew Spires, Residential Energy Advisors at Dead River Company

August is the height of summer in New England, a time when we try to get outdoors as much as possible. Truth is, one of the best places to have outdoor fun in the summer—and actually all year round—is your own backyard.  As Residential Energy Advisors for Dead River Company, we can show you how with one word: propane.

Scroll through the above images to take a tour of the best your backyard has to offer!

Gas Grills
Nothing gathers the family like the smell of something delicious on the propane grill. While summer is synonymous with cookouts, the easy, on-off convenience of propane gas grilling means you can cook out all year long. (And there are no mosquitoes in December!)

Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Another way to extend your outdoor living is with a propane fireplace or fire pit. An outdoor fire is certainly fun on a starlight summer night, but it’s downright cozy in October. Turn it on and grab the marshmallows. When it’s time for bed, turn it off and go to sleep worry free. No hot coals to douse.

Patio Heaters

Here in New England, not every summer night is a hot one. Don’t let a fog bank or a drop in temperature spoil your outdoor plans. A propane patio heater (or two) is the perfect backyard appliance. They come in multiple sizes to cover a variety of spaces.

Outdoor Kitchens

In the old days, many New England homes had summer kitchens. For the ultimate summer kitchen, how about the versatility and efficiency of a full outdoor kitchen that runs on propane? Grill, oven, hot water, even refrigeration. (You may never go back indoors!)

Pool Heaters

For people who want to extend the pool season, a propane pool heater is the way to go. Whether your pool is above or in ground, you can heat it more efficiently with a propane heater. Keep swimming well into September.


We think of needing backup power generators for fierce winter storms. Well, a good electrical storm with high winds can knock out the power just as easily as a blizzard. A propane generator is just the ticket for keeping the lights on and your food safe in the hot summer months.

How can you enjoy your backyard with family and friends throughout most of the year? Ask us. We’re happy to be your trusted advisors on all things propane. Your safety and comfort is our main concern, so let us answer all your questions.



Propane delivers versatility and energy-efficiency into your lifestyle

Propane delivers versatility and energy-efficiency into your lifestyle

When you see a Dead River Company propane truck on its way to make a delivery, you’re probably thinking that the propane will be used to heat someone’s home — and with good reason. Propane is an exceptionally energy-efficient and abundant alternative to natural gas and heating oil. It’s also an environmentally friendly fuel – deemed a ‘clean’ energy by the 1990 Clean Air Act. You might be surprised to learn, however, just how many uses there are in a home for propane.