Propane is considered a clean burning fuel and because of its portability, it has been used around the world for more than 50 years. Some of its uses are cooking, heating, manufacturing, agriculture, recreational, petro-chemicals and propellants. Additionally, because it is considered a clean burning alternative fuel for gasoline and diesel, propane continues to gain popularity in the transportation and warehouse (forklift) sectors.
Propane exists either as a by-product of refining gasoline from crude oil or it is extracted from natural gas. Close to 90% of the propane used in the United States is produced in the United States.
About 55 percent of our domestic production of propane comes from the crude oil refinery process: as a by-product of crude oil, the price of propane usually, but not always, tracks the cost of a barrel of crude oil.
Propane in its natural state is odorless. Therefore, an odorant called ethyl mercaptan is added to the fuel after it is produced which allows for its detection. The odorization of propane permits the early detection of leaks.
In order to accommodate for propane’s tendency to expand as the temperature warms, propane tanks are generally filled only to 80%-85% capacity. This is standard practice in the propane industry.
Propane prices respond to changes in supply and demand. Colder weather normally causes higher prices as demand increases and taxes the supply. Warm weather normally causes prices to moderate as demand drops and supply increases.
When you contact our office, we will ask you what appliances in the home will be using propane. Additionally, we may ask a few more questions, such as BTU’s for your appliances or square footage of the home. From this, we will choose a tank size that will properly suit your needs and our delivery schedule to ensure that you and your family never run out of propane.
Simply call our office at 1-800-668-1190. We will get your information and set a delivery date with you. We are available 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.