titleist1 wrote:Do you own your tank or lease it from that propane company? Is there a number of propane companies in your area to shop price?
I lease it and other propane companies; while existent, will not fill another customers tank. In fact here, they even tag the fill tanks of people who use oil and will not fill tanks belonging to other customers.
We discussed the leased/buy option of the tank with my brother-in-law who is not affiliated whatsoever with the propane company I use, he is merely a teacher for the Maine Oil Dealers at their HVAC School, and he said to lease the tank due to the testing requirements of propane tanks. It seemed like a good idea to me, and while I know it limits my ability to shop for propane, running low on propane and not having anyone willing to fill it due to the tank being out of testing date did not sound like a few pennies per gallon in savings would be worth the hassle. I am not saying I made the right decision, just stating how I arrived at my decision.
I think one of the reasons why my propane costs more is due to the amount of consumption I have. I do save some money by having a big 500 gallon tank, but I just don't burn much propane. The tank sized was based on my Propane Boiler, a Reniai Heater and all my other appliances, but a clothes dryer and range really do not consume much fuel, and with a wood/coal stove in the house now (installed after the tank was selected), I just don't burn much propane. Maybe 300 gallons a year...which is not bad for the size of this house.
I did flip on my boiler the other day, the only reason being is that I have radiant floor heat in half my house. This is in the bedrooms which is a ways from my stove. When my stove is running the temp in the back bedrooms is about 75 degrees, and 95 in the kitchen, but since it is so hot, I only run the stove in the morning. My house is so tight that it will stay warm all day and well into the night. Most mornings it is still 70 in the kitchen with no fire in the stove for 16 hours, BUT the bedrooms drop to 63 degrees or so. Just for fun, and to take the temperature swings out of the bedrooms, I have been running my boiler to keep the rooms warm, with a set temperature of 70 degrees. The boiler only runs from about 00:01 to 06:00. For now I think I can afford the propane considering how evenly heated the house is. Those temperature swings sucked!
BUT I am in the process of redoing my whole house so that all of it will have radiant heat. When that occurs I will install a boiler in my mudroom and just use it to heat water, pumping it into my propane system which is designed to handle a secondary boiler. In a perfect world I would have already done this, but I am on lay-off. I am not whining, I have enough money to pay all my bills every month because I am pretty much debt free and very frugal, BUT I just don't have any extra money to retro-fit my home. When I get back to work however, I can buy more pex and have radiant heat throughout.