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5 Helpful Facts About Your Propane Tank Refill

September 27, 2016 / Joshua Prizer / Propane Tanks

Propane Tank Refill
If you have a propane tank, then eventually it will need a refill. At Thrifty Propane, we can provide a propane tank refill for propane customers in 10 states as well as the District of Columbia. Before you schedule your propane tank refill, we have a few helpful tips we’d like to share.

1. Call Us Before It’s Too Late

In general, it is advisable to contact a propane delivery company when you tank reaches a point where it is about 30% full. Generally, it can take a week or longer to have propane delivered to your home, so you never want to wait until the tank is very low before you call.

Calling us when you hit that 30% mark also ensures that you don’t pay more than you have to for your propane tank refill. For instance, if you wait until your tank is nearly empty, you may pay additional fees to have propane delivered. If you need propane immediately, most companies will charge about $200 for an emergency fill within 24 hours. The price does go down to about $150 if you need propane within 48 hours and $100 within three business days, but why pay any of these fees at all if you can simply call before your propane level is dangerously low.

This is especially important during the prime heating season. Not only is running out of propane dangerous for your family during extremely cold weather, the demand for propane is higher, so there may be shortages. Add in some inclement weather, and it might actually not be possible to deliver your propane even in an emergency situation. After all, if there is an ice storm or blizzard, this delays deliveries.

We strongly recommend that you keep a close eye on your propane tank levels during the colder months of the year. We do offer a Periodic Fill schedule which is based upon your propane needs and usage. With this program, we schedule deliveries every few months or so automatically, so that you never have to worry about the tank getting too low or worry about delivery times.

2. Pre-Buy When Propane Prices Are Low

Of course, some people prefer pre-purchasing propane rather than setting up Periodic Fill, and this can be a great way to save money. It is wise to pre-purchase as much of your propane as possible when the prices are very low, which typically occurs in June through September, when the weather is the warmest. Demand for propane usually drops during this time, and you can lock in a great deal on your yearly energy expenditures.

You can pre-buy more propane than your tank actually holds, and we will simply lock you into that low, pre-purchase price. This means if the price rises substantially, you won’t have to pay the extra cost because you already bought your propane when prices were lower. Of course, you do still need to make sure that you call us for a propane tank refill when your tank hits the 30% level.

3. Remember The 80/20 Propane Tank Refill Rule

For new customers, one of the most confusing aspects of propane is that when we come and provide you with a propane tank refill, your tank will not be 100% full. Typically, most propane companies follow the 80/20 fill rule. This means that we fill a tank to 80% full and leave 20% empty. Why do we do this? It’s simple. Propane is a gas that expands when the temperature rises, and for safety reasons, we need to allow room for this expansion.

You probably will notice that your tank level does fluctuate a bit, particularly if the outside temperature is not very consistent. For instance, if your tank was filled on a day when the temperature was 68 degrees and then two days later the temperature spikes into the 80s, you might see the propane tank level rise as well. During a propane tank refill, we charge you for the specific amount of gallons placed into your tank. After your propane tank refill, simply check the truck meter delivery ticket to see how much propane was added to your tank. All of our truck meters are state inspected and sealed, which certifies that our gauges are accurate.

4. Shop Around For A Great Deal

If you are not locked into a contract with a specific propane supplier, it can be wise to shop around before setting up a propane tank refill. At Thrifty Propane, we offer our customers a Price Beat Guarantee. If you can find a lower unconditional price from another local supplier in your county, we will be that price by 10 cents per gallon. To check and see if we deliver propane in your area, simply go to our homepage and do a free price check. Select your state and then your county and a representative quickly will send you an email regarding the current price per gallon.

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