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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:38 PM
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$2.77 /gallon for propane
$105 for 37 gallons - just for hot water and cooking :(

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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:39 PM
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1. I am waiting
for the call that they will be out to fill my 250 gallon tank. YIKES! I am NOT looking forward to that.
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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:42 PM
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3. Propane is our only source of heat right now,
I keep looking for an online tracking
of propane prices, but haven't found one yet.

Know of one?
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:44 PM
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4. No I do not sorry.
I use it at my farm to heat the office and for hot water. I usually go through a 250 gallon tank every year to year and a half. I keep the office at 50 degrees and still I end up having to fill it that often.

Wish I could help you with that. Sorry.
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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:46 PM
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5. S'ok. We go through about that much,
maybe a little more, we use it for heat,
cooking, hot water. Fortunately we have
a small well insulated house.
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:31 PM
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10. See my post #8
They tend to not like customers that use less than 500 gallons (or so) annually and make you pay more for it.

For reference, commodites price on propane is running around $1.20/gallon, about 40% higher than last year this time (was around .85/gallon).
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:41 PM
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2. They're predicting the same for natural gas.
Here comes the inflation...
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:26 PM
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9. Here's a recent article on that
"Consumers should expect to pay higher bills this winter," said Joseph A. Blount, the trade group's chairman said at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday.

Americans will pay an average of $400 more for their natural gas this winter than last year, with average bills jumping to $1,130, according to estimates by the Department of Energy. These estimates, however, might prove too low and are likely to get updated when the government issues its winter outlook next month.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/29/business/29cnd-gas.ht...
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:47 PM
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14. It's the ripple effects that really scare me.
Many will be screwed immediately. But the rest of us will be screwed eventually, by rising prices of everything, and the economic downturn caused by a major decrease in consumer spending.
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:10 PM
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16. The ripple will be felt globally.... n/t
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Medical Speaking Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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6. Where do you live
I live in Michigan and I jist had my tanks filled and it was $1.69 a gallon.
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:33 PM
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11. NH
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:16 PM
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7. Yikes! It was $78 for a cylinder here in Maine a couple of weeks ago
I thought that was bad enough!
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:23 PM
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8. Actually may not be THAT bad
How much do you use annually and do you also use propane for heating also or just cooking/hot water? If it's the latter, you sounds like you're what they consider "low useage" and you get hit with higher prices per gallon ("cooking only" gets the worst rates)

It's unfortunate where propane users get punished for conservation.
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:34 PM
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12. I've never heard of "low usage" rates.
If that's the case then I'll have to consider getting my propane from a different source.
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:49 PM
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15. It's an industry wide policy from the looks of it
I found this out last year (just from some Googling) that propane companies often have different price tiers depending on how much the customer uses (lowest useage gets the worst rates). They "claim" to do it to not punish higher volume (commercial) customers but that's of little consolation to the residential user who ends up footing the bill.

Propane companies don't like to advertise prices but I found a local company so you can see what I'm talking about in terms of the pricing tiers:

http://www-1.shipleyenergy.com/cw/price/displayprice.js...

(use '17604' for the zip code)...they have five different pricing tiers depending on useage--you can see there's quite a difference between them

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:38 PM
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13. i lived in a leaky farm house
during the coldest winter of last century-77-78 and my propane bills were 1500-2000 for the year...500 gallon tank didn`t last very long.
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