Residential Propane Prices

Pertaining to residential propane pricing.

Review of Website Visitor Poll Results

We have an ongoing poll for our website visitors to register their response to the question that appears.  Our website poll question is currently as follows:

Does your propane supplier notify you of your propane price per gallon before each home delivery? 

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:

Propane Price Gouging

As noted in other areas of this website and on the Internet, it is very important for propane consumers (not participating in a fixed propane pricing program or similar program that has a predetermined propane pricing formula) to find out and compare his or her propane price per gallon BEFORE each propane delivery.

Does Your Propane Supplier Share Your Propane Price Per Gallon 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???

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.

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 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. 

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 Electricitiy 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?


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