Propane 101: 3 Tips to Make You a Smarter Propane User
Propane is an essential service that many rural families rely on. So essential that if it were to suddenly disappear, cold showers, cold homes and raw food are just a few of the immediate repercussions. Check out these tips to make sure that you never have to face these unnecessary hardships.
- Have an idea of how much propane is in your tank. When you drive to work in the morning do you assume that there is enough gasoline in your car? We are typically able to keep a close eye on the amount of gasoline in our vehicles thanks to a clear display that lights up every time the vehicle turns on. Propane is a little more out of sight and out of mind. Be sure to lift up the metal hood of the tank and take a look at where the needle is pointing. If the needle is anywhere between 20 and 30 percent, give your supplier a call to place an order. Finding out you are out of propane by waking up to a cold house is not pleasant, and may lead to extra cost for an emergency delivery to your tank.
- Know the signs of a propane leak. Propane gas is odorless. Thankfully, the propane delivered to your tank has a small amount of ethyl mercaptan added to it. Ethyl mercaptan is a harmless compound that gives off the smell of rotten eggs or onions. This is to alert you of a propane leak. If you believe you have a propane leak in your house, immediately extinguish any ignition source, do not operate any electrical switches, and get out of the house. Once you have everyone outside, turn the valve on the outside tank shut. Use a cell phone or a neighbors phone to then call your supplier to dispatch a technician. Do not reenter until told the area is safe by a trained service technician or the fire department.
- Manage your propane costs. Summer is a great time to have your propane tank filled. You will benefit from a lower price per gallon, and you will be prepared for the winter with a nearly full tank. For the heating season, inquire about locking in a price and quantity. Since propane is a commodity, prices tend to fluctuate and have had the tendency to spike when demand picks up and supply decreases in the winter. Reduce your financial risk and enjoy the peace of mind by knowing exactly how much you need to budget for your home heat needs.
For any further questions, to place an order, or to contract propane call Landmark Services Cooperative’s Energy Division at 800-236-3276.