Propane Prices Blog

Propane Pre-Buy Can Help Stabilize Winter Heating Costs

Many propane consumers wisely use the summer months to plan propane service for the forthcoming winter.  Propane Pre-Buy is one common propane price protection plan used by many propane consumers to keep propane prices locked in for a specific volume of propane.

Comparing Local Propane Supplier Propane Prices

As we appraoch the summer months, many propane suppliers will begin soliciting all sorts of programs designed to attract new home heating customers.  When considering the services of a new propane supplier, it makes sense to compare historical propane pricing charged by the company that you are considering vs. the propane prices charged by other local propane suppliers during the past three years.

Propane Heating Cost Versus Electricity Heating Cost

Is propane always less expensive to heat a home vs. using electricity to heat the same home?  Some energy suppliers make this representation on their websites. 

However, one must consider that propane prices tend to change frequently - as represented by many propane suppliers.  If propane prices do in fact change frequently, how can a propane supplier make the representation that propane is always less expensive than heating with electricty if propane rates change frequently?

Two Propane Price Assumptions Consumers Should Never Make

Propane consumers should be careful when making two specific assumptions around propane pricing for home heating:

Are Propane Price Promotions Good For Customers?

As we enter the summer months, many propane suppliers will advertise new customer offers that are designed to attract new customers.  Many suppliers specifically target new home heating customers. 

Are new customer promotional offers good for propane consumers?  It depends on a number of factors.  Some new customer offers may lock in the new customer offer for a short period, perhaps several  weeks.   Some new customer offers may isolate the promotional propane price for one to two tank fills. 

Is TODAY really the best time to buy propane for home heating?

Is TODAY really the best time to buy propane for home heating? 

When is the last time that you visited an automobile dealership and the salesman told you: "TODAY is not a good day for you to buy a car, call me back in a couple weeks and we can determine if that is a better time." 

When is the last time that you met with a real estate agent to purchase a home and the agent said: "Gee, TODAY does not seem like a good day for you to purchase a home, call me back in a couple months, let's revisit the idea of searching for a home for you at that point in time".

Propane Delivery Fees

One of our website visitors shared a valuable propane service related warning and suggested that we post it on our website for the benefit of all propane consumers that visit our website.

The suggestion focused on warning our website visitors of various propane supplier fees that may be added to a propane customer invoice as part of a propane delivery or part of another propane supplier related service.  Propane supplier fees are generally classified as additional costs billed to a propane consumer beyond the price of propane.

Should I Convert From Propane Cylinder Service to Propane Bulk Service?

Some homeowners that had propane service installed many years ago may have had the service set up for relatively low quantity propane service (i.e. for cooking only) when the the propane service was originally established.  Due to relatively lower quantity service, this may have resulted in the original propane service being set up for propane cylinder exchange service when a propane fill was needed rather than service involving larger quantity bulk deliveries made to a larger bulk propane tank onsite by a propane supplier bulk delivery truck.

Is Propane An Economical Motor Fuel?

It is interesting to observe that many propane industry organizations tend to support and promote the use of propane motor fuel for vehicles that travel over public roadways.  Some of these vehicles include school buses, taxi cabs and police vehicles.

Propane Prices: Reasonable or Affordable?

It is interesting to observe when propane suppliers advertise their propane prices as 'reasonable' or 'affordable'.  Current propane consumers or prospective customers should carefully consider the implied message related to the use of 'reasonable' and 'affordable' propane prices.


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