Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

By: Chris Nielsen, Residential Energy Advisor at Dead River Company

Fall is a great time to start preparing your home for the upcoming winter season. There are many things you can do to make your life easier once the cold weather (and inevitably snow) officially rolls in. As a Residential Energy Advisor for Dead River Company, I wanted to share my fall checklist to not only help you maintain your home, but your family’s comfort and safety.

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.

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.



Say What? Translating Industry Lingo

Say What? Translating Industry Lingo

Here at Dead River Company, our employees are thoroughly trained and certified according to rigorous industry and safety standards – ensuring we deliver service to our customers with the greatest skill and expertise. This is a complex industry and we know that when speaking with your service technician or energy advisor, it may sometimes seem like our experts are speaking another language.

To help out, we have put together this guide to some of the more unfamiliar terms that are common in the industry.