Propane can be an easy, green way to provide energy for anything from your pool heater to your backyard barbeque to your whole house. But we have seen many different propane prices in PA, sometimes even just from store to store or town to town. What exactly determines propane prices, and how can you get the best deal? Here are the five biggest factors:
- The market. One of the main things that impacts propane prices is propane production around the world. Propane is typically found mixed in with natural gas deposits, and new deposits that are found can cause prices to fall while increased demand can cause prices to rise. We find that the best PA propane prices come from companies that adjust their rates according to the market—giving you a lower price when the market is low, and only raising your price if their own cost goes up. This allows them to give you lower rates much of the time, whereas “fixed price” propane companies always have to charge you as if the market is high, to cover their costs.
- The size of tank you use. This is the biggest factor in your month-to-month propane costs. Another way to put this is, “How much propane do you use?” If you buy bigger tanks or go through propane more quickly, you will pay more. However, even two households using the same amount of propane will pay different prices if they use different tank sizes. Generally, the larger the tank you use, the less you’ll pay per gallon of propane. If you’re torn between two sizes, go with the larger of the two.
- Whether it’s delivered or not. For low to moderate propane usage, it may make more fiscal sense to drive in to a filling station rather than get at-home delivery. Even 100 pound tanks are relatively easy to move to a vehicle and bring in for refilling, and if you combine the trip with a weekly grocery run you won’t use extra gas. Refilling your own tank means no delivery fees.
- Whether you own or lease the tank. For larger tanks, you can potentially save money if you own your own tank. However, be aware of two things: first, we recommend this only for individuals who understand propane tank maintenance, and secondly, there is an upfront cost to buying your own tank, which may pay off in the long run and you keep your tank in good condition. If you’d rather avoid the hassle, you can simply rent/lease a tank (often at no cost to you).
- Discounts. A good propane dealer will give discounts to long-term customers, often with a multi-year agreement. This should just mean you agree to buy your propane from them—it shouldn’t lock you into a set price (see #1, above!).
Winter is probably the last thing on the minds of the average PA resident during the end of summer, but temperatures are going to drop before you know it. Considering last winter and the relatively cool summer we’ve had, the cold could sneak up on the Keystone State a little earlier this year – and you’ll want to be ready sooner rather than later.
If you thought that your heating bills were too high last winter, you may want to consider switching to propane, and there’s no better time to do so! Propane prices in PA are extremely affordable, and these systems are some of the cheapest heating and energy options you’ll find. If you aren’t familiar with propane, you’ll probably have a lot of questions about using it in your home. If so, this post should provide you with answers.
What is propane?
Some people are confused about what form propane actually takes, since it also goes by the name of “liquefied petroleum gas.” Propane is transported and stored as a very cold liquid, but is converted to gas inside of tanks and cylinders.
Is propane dangerous?
Every heating option requires some caution, and propane is no exception to the rule. You should always use propane safely but, on its own, the substance is relatively harmless. Propane is non-toxic, colorless, and odorless and since that is the case, manufacturers add a distinctive odor to the substance so that it can be properly detected.
What else can propane do aside from heating and cooking?
When most people think about using propane, they expect to heat their homes or do some cooking; however, there are plenty of other things that the substance can be used for. Did you know that propane can power cars? There are over 100,000 propane-powered vehicles on the road in the United States. As traditional gas prices increase, more people may discover this affordable alternative. Propane also has its place in the agriculture and landscape industry, where it runs pumps and engines for harvesting, and can even help dry and process crops.
Is propane really good for the environment?
As interest in alternative fuel sources has increased, people have started to tout the environmental benefits of propane. Propane is a clean burning fuel, and produces very little in terms of exhaust emissions. Propane isn’t considered a greenhouse gas, and doesn’t harm salt and freshwater eco-systems.
What else do you want to know about propane? Contact us today at Gas Tec to find out why propane is right for you!