Propane Prices Blog

Saving Money Purchasing Residential Propane Tank

In recent years, propane consumers have formed propane buying groups to increase the volume of propane purchased from one supplier with the goal of obtaining a group discount.

Can the same theory apply to a group of neighbors purchasing several propane tanks with the goal of obtaining a better price for each propane tank?  Many suppliers of products, propane related or not propane related, are interested in selling more products at a discount from the single unit price.

Ask Propane Supplier For Historical Propane Pricing

Summer time has arrived.  In many cases, propane consumers are taking a deep breath as they get a brief break from paying expensive residential winter propane heating costs between the seasons of Spring and Fall.

Keeping Propane Tank Area Clear of Snow

Propane consumers that live in areas that have consistent snow fall should be mindful that propane suppliers need clear access to a propane tank to complete deliveries.  This includes clearing snow that may obstruct access to the propane tank.

While a homeowner cannot be reasonably expected to clear snow that has fallen overnight prior to each supplier delivery, homeowners should plow the path from the public road to the tank on a regular basis.

Does Your Propane Supplier Charge Different Propane Prices for New and Existing Customers?

Does your propane supplier charge one propane price for new propane customers and another propane price for other existing propane customers? 

Would you become upset if you found out that your propane supplier is charging a twenty year, loyal customer, for example, $3.10 per gallon while new customers that started last week are paying $1.79 per gallon?  This tends to upset current customers that may discover this propane pricing practice with their current propane supplier.

Propane Supplier Online Billing Services

Some propane suppliers offer online billing services for customers.  The billing service may include the ability to view current charges online with the ability to pay the current balance due on the account.

Customers obtaining the services of a propane supplier that offer online billing services should consider participating if the supplier offers up-to-date security measures for it's online billing system. 

Investigating Propane Tank Ownership During A Home Sale

Many home buyers that search for a home to purchase in a rural community may be purchasing a home outside of the boundries of natural gas service lines.  In these cases, the new rural community resident may be faced with the decision to use propane, electricity or another source of energy for home heating, cooking, etc.

Methods to Evaluate Propane Suppliers

Some new homeowners move into a community without awareness of local propane service providers and the propane pricing offered by the local suppliers.

Changing From Natural Gas Service to Propane Service

Many rural community residents enjoy living 'out in the sticks'.  Among the benefits, rural homeowners typically enjoy natural scenery, living away from common noises of the city, and living near wildlife and the tranquility of nature.

At the same time, rural community dwellers may face a number of challenges.  For example, rural residents, may encounter an occasional bear stopping by to raid the garbage can for lunch, being at a higher risk for fire damage, higher expenses tied to gasoline for longer commutes to their place of employment....and home heating costs.

Propane Inventories Can Factor Into Propane Prices

Propane consumers that use propane for home heating should consider that available propane inventories across the United States can impact current and future propane prices.  

The location of available inventory and the cost to transport available inventories from one area to another area where propane inventories are being depleted due to high demand may also impact current propane pricing.

Propane fuel can be used for a variety of uses not related to home heating demand. 

Does Your Propane Supplier Know The Propane Prices Charged By Their Competition?

Question: Does your propane supplier know the current propane prices that other local propane suppliers are charging?  With most propane suppliers choosing not to openly post current propane prices - this is a good question. The second part of this question could be: Does your propane supplier have any interest in finding out the current propane prices charged by other local propane suppliers and using it to align their current propane prices. 


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