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Know Your Propane Price 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???

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).

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. 

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.

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