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Review of Website Visitor Poll Results

We have an ongoing poll for our website visitors to register their response to the question that appears.  Our website poll question is currently as follows:

Does your propane supplier notify you of your propane price per gallon before each home delivery? 

Timing to Select or Change Your Propane Supplier

Summer is a great time to select a propane supplier (if you need propane service) or to change propane suppliers (if you are dissatisfied with your current propane supplier).

Why is summer a good time to start propane service?

There are four great reasons:

Changing Your HVAC Filter

It is important to change your HVAC filter on a regular basis to save money operating your heating and cooling system. A dirty filter makes the system motor work harder moving air throughout your home.

Setting-Up Propane Service Agreement

When a homeowner is interviewing multiple local propane service providers to secure service, local propane suppliers may offer a wide range of options/plans to set-up service. One of the areas that homeowners should carefully consider is the length of the initial service agreement and any automatic extensions that follow the initial propane service period. Other variations of propane service agreements may include an initial period of six-months or twelve-months that automatically converts to renewable service periods of one-month or service periods of three-months or six-months, etc.

Propane Price Gouging

As noted in other areas of this website and on the Internet, it is very important for propane consumers (not participating in a fixed propane pricing program or similar program that has a predetermined propane pricing formula) to find out and compare his or her propane price per gallon BEFORE each propane delivery.

Does Your Propane Supplier Share Your Propane Price Per Gallon BEFORE Each Delivery?

Many propane suppliers choose not to openly post or publish current propane prices for customers to view and compare.  Some suppliers indicate that they are unable to openly publish the current propane price per gallon BEFORE a delivery because wholesale propane prices change very rapidly.  This is very interesting. 

Question: What do current wholesale propane prices have to do with giving an existing propane customer their propane price price per gallon BEFORE each delivery???

Got Propane Tank Size?

Propane  home heating consumers have the opportunity to save money on propane fuel costs this year - when compared to propane prices offered by propane suppliers during recent years.

Question: Got propane tank size?

Propane tank size, commonly rated as 'water capacity', is the amount of propane fuel that a propane tank is designed to store. 

Will Propane Suppliers Match Propane Prices?

One of our website visitors recently sent us an e-mail on the topic of suppliers matching the propane price recently quoted by another local propane supplier.

The e-mail author pointed out that he/she owns his/her propane tank has three local propane suppliers that he/ she generally contacts when a propane delivery is needed (a customer that owns his or her propane tank has the freedom to make contact with multiple propane suppliers and order a propane delivery from the lowest supplier with the lowest propane price per gallon).

Propane Supplier Fees: Watch Carefully!

The homepage of our website presents a list of propane delivery information posted by our website visitors.  This delivery information displays several items related to each propane delivery.  The column on the far right shows information (if applicable) related to propane supplier fees in addition to the propane price per gallon.

Residential Propane Tank Rental Rates

Some propane suppliers charge propane home heating customers a rental fee for using their propane tank.  In many cases, this propane tank rental rate is charged one time per year on the anniversary of the start of propane service. 

The rental rates for propane tanks can vary depending on  a number of factors.  These factors  may include the local competitive environment, the size of the propane tank and/or the policy of a specific propane supplier.  In general, propane tank rental fees can range between $1 per year to over $100 per year. 

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