Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:37pm
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?
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:33pm
Propane consumers should be careful when making two specific assumptions around propane pricing for home heating:
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:28pm
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.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:12pm
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".
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:08pm
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.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 6:04pm
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.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 1:47pm
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.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 1:09pm
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.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 1:03pm
In some cases, a new homeowner in a rural community may find an existing propane tank on their new property next to their new home. Some homeowners that are new to propane service may make the assumption that all propane suppliers provide service that is similar at a propane price per gallon that is very similar or identical to other propane consumers.
Submitted by Marvin on February 26, 2016 - 12:59pm
In most states, the attorney general office handles propane consumer protection issues. These issues my be related to propane prices and/or other propane service related issues.
Propane consumers should perform an online propane consumer protection search before starting service with a specific propane supplier. The goal should be to detect a pattern of propane pricing and/or propane service compliments and/or pricing or service problems related to a specific supplier before starting propane service with a specific propane supplier.