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How Long Will My Propane Supply Last?

Never worry about your home’s propane supply with Automatic Delivery!

propane South Berwick, ME Propane, the unsung hero of household energy solutions, powers everything from heating and cooking to outdoor grills and backup generators.

Knowing how long your propane supply will last isn’t just a matter of curiosity—it’s crucial for uninterrupted comfort and safety in your home. P. Gagnon & Son gives you peace of mind about your home’s propane supply with our Automatic Delivery option.

We use the latest software that uses your propane usage history and temperature forecasts to accurately calculate when you’ll need more propane. That data allows us to schedule a delivery to your home before you run low.

Let’s unpack everything you need to know about managing your propane supply effectively.

Understanding propane usage

Several variables influence how quickly you go through your propane. Here are some of them.

The time of year: Consumption typically spikes in winter due to heating demands.

Appliance efficiency: Newer, more efficient propane appliances consume less propane.

Usage patterns: The number of people in your home and how you use propane-powered appliances.

To gauge your usage, monitor how much propane you consume over a set period—say, a month or a season. Record your starting and ending tank levels (in percentage or gallons) and track the usage of your propane appliances.

Signs that your propane supply is running low

Awareness of your propane levels can prevent unexpected cold showers or a cold house. Look out for:

  • Diminished flame size on your gas stove.
  • Sputtering or inconsistent heating as appliances struggle to maintain performance.
  • Tank gauge reading below 20%.

How can I help my propane supply last longer?

There are many ways you can control your propane supply to maximize its efficiency, which also lowers your propane costs.

Regular maintenance: Ensure your propane appliances are serviced regularly for efficiency.

Upgrade your propane appliances: If your propane appliances are getting on in years, they are likely not operating a great efficiency even with annual tune-ups. Investing in a new propane heating system, for example, can cut your propane usage as they have efficiencies up to 98%!

Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat: Did you know that heating accounts for approximately half of your propane usage during winter? Being strategic with your home heating can help your propane supply last longer. A programmable or smart thermostat can ensure that your heating system is always operating efficiently. Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy for thermostat settings.

  • When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat to 68°F. 
  • Lower heating system temperatures by 7° to 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house. 

Don’t fall into the common trap of cranking up the heat when you get home, thinking it’ll make your home warm faster. Spoiler: it doesn’t. You’ll just end up wasting propane, which totally misses the point of having a programmable thermostat. Instead, program your thermostat to hit your ideal temperature about 30 to 60 minutes before you’re due home. That way, you’ll come home to comfort without wasting propane.

Insulate your home: Proper insulation helps retain heat, reducing the need for constant heating. Getting rid of drafts and leaks using caulk, weatherstripping, and window coverings also help.

With dependable propane delivery from P. Gagnon & Son, you can be assured that your home will always have the propane it needs. Become a customer today!