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Propane FAQ

What can I do to conserve energy costs?

Here are some “Energy Saving Tips.” For additional tips you may want to visit the Home Energy Saver website

  • Change or clear furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Contact your local Suburban service center to schedule an appointment.
  • Replace old, outdated appliances with high-efficiency models. Contact your local Suburban service center to inquire about the large range of appliances we offer.
  • Close vent and doors in unused rooms and dampers on unused fireplaces.
  • Lower the thermostat on water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Check to see if your attic and basement have the recommended levels of insulation.
  • Keep the lint filter on your dryer clean. Dirty lint filters restrict air flow and can also be fire hazards.
  • Lower your thermostats when away from the house for more that a few hours.
  • Install an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Do propane prices change?

The market responds quickly to any situation that might affect supply and demand. Some examples are unexpectedly cold or warm weather, supply interruptions or excess production. These changes may be reflected in the wholesale price we pay for the propane that is delivered to you, and consequently, in the prices you pay for such propane.

How are propane prices determined?

Propane and other heating fuels are traded on the commodities market, which goes up and down like the stock market. By far the biggest influence on these fluctuations is the cost of crude oil and natural gas, which are used to make propane.

Why isn’t my tank filed to 100 percent capacity?

Your propane is delivered and stored in liquid form. Propane liquid, for example, will expand (become a gas) nearly 17 times as much as water over the same temperature increase. As a result, tanks and cylinders are never completely filled with propane liquid. Tanks are filled to about 80 to 85 percent of their capacity. This leaves a space above the liquid, which allows the propane liquid to expand freely due to changes in temperature.

There are several important characteristics that you need to understand about propane stored in containers. First, heat is added to propane in a tank or cylinder by transfer directly from the air surrounding the container. Hot days, cool nights, rain and snow are a few of the many factors that affect the temperature of the liquid. Because of these temperature changes, you may see fluctuations in your container gauge.

Is propane an environmentally friendly fuel?

Propane, one of the cleanest burning fuels available, is the clear choice for our environment. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline and other fossil fuels. It emits lower levels of carbon dioxide and particulates and doesn’t produce sulfur dioxide, a primary cause of the greenhouse effect. Propane is non-toxic and vaporizes quickly, so it won’t contaminate soil or groundwater.

Propane is also a natural by-product of the gas refining process and in plentiful supply - there’s enough propane to meet America’s needs in the 21st century. Most of the propane used in the United States is produced right here. All these factors make propane one of the most versatile fuels you can find.

 How can I convert gallons to cubic feet?

To convert gallons to cubic feet, simply multiply it by 36.28 (60°F at sea level). This factor may vary depending on altitude, temperature and meter type. 

 How do I read the gauge on my propane tank?

Not all tanks have gauges. If your tank does have a gauge, it is located on the top of the tank, usually under a liftable hood. (Note: Please be careful when you lift the hood–insects sometimes nest there.)