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4 Facts You Need To Know About Richmond Propane

December 19, 2016 / Joshua Prizer / Propane, Propane Tanks

1. Richmond Propane Prices Fluctuate

Just like gasoline or diesel fuel, Richmond propane prices change all the time. In fact, they often change every day. The price of propane is tied to several factors, one of which is the price of petroleum. Propane is a by-product of petroleum, so when prices of petroleum go up and down, this can affect your propane prices.

Additionally, prices usually rise when the demand increases. During the main heating season of the year, when more households are using propane, the price per gallon can be quite high. Pre-buying propane or filling your tank when prices are low is the best way to save a ton of money off your yearly propane expenditures. We recommend that you keep an eye on prices, and we will help by sending out handy emails when the prices have dropped or are poised to drop.

2. It’s Easy To Conserve & Save

One of the best ways to lower your Richmond propane prices is to simply enact a few at-home conservation methods. We often recommend that our clients purchase a programmable thermostat so that they can adjust the heating and cooling settings in their home easily. These thermostats can turn off the heat automatically during the hours when you are not at home, saving you many gallons of propane. They also can adjust the temperature so that it is cooler at night when you are in bed and then the heat will switch on just before you awake to heat up your home.

Finding the source of drafts in your home and ensuring that you have proper attic insulation are two more ways to conserve propane. Cleaning or replacing your heating filter at the beginning of each heating season also is an inexpensive way to help your heater work more efficiently. You can conserve propane by only drying clothes partially and then hanging some to dry, and turn off the heating cycle on your dishwasher and simply allow dishes to air dry whenever possible. These are just a few suggestions that can have a solid impact on your pocketbook.

3. Your Tank Will Never Be 100% Full

One of the biggest surprises our new clients often comment upon is the level of propane in their tank after a refill. Because your Richmond propane is a gas that expands if the temperature increases, we can never truly “fill” your tank. We usually fill it up to about 80% of the capacity of the tank to account for possible expansion. However, are truck gauges are highly accurate and you will only be charged for the amount of propane that we place in your tank. Therefore, if we come to fill your 300-gallon tank, but it only takes about 200 gallons to reach the 80% full level, then you will only be charged for the 200 gallons that we place in the tank.

4. Tanks & Valves: Some Crucial Information

While you can certainly lease a tank from us for just a dollar or so per year, we do sell both new and refurbished tanks. Refurbished tanks are an excellent value as they include all new valves, fresh paint and the same 10-year warranty that comes with our new tanks. Many people worry about buying a “used” tank, but propane tanks, if kept rust-free, should last for many years. In fact, they should last beyond this 10-year warranty mark. However, the valves are another kettle of fish altogether. Valves do need to be replaced every now and again, so while your tank will last many years, valves are another story. We can inspect your valves and let you know when you need a replacement.

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