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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 setting up a propane service agreement, it is very imporant to read and understand the entire agreement - specifically around propane service and propane pricing.  

First, the homeowner should carefully consider is the length of the initial service agreement and any automatic contract extensions that follow the initial propane service period.  Many suppliers ask for a one year service agreement while other suppliers may ask for a longer or shorter period.  After the initial period, some agreements automatically convert to month-to-month agreements. 

Propane Price Gouging

Propane home heating customers can use anywhere in the range of a couple hundred gallons plus or minus per year to a couple thousand plus or minus gallons of propane per year to fuel common household propane gas appliances (furnaces, waterheaters, clothes dryers, cooking appliances, pool heaters, spa heaters, etc.).  Purchasing this range of volume of propane per year can add up to a significant amount of money per year. 

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.

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