Estimating Times Between Propane Fill-ups

Posted: August 9, 2021

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If you recently purchased a propane-powered home – or don’t have much experience running year-round propane equipment – you may wonder how often you can expect to refill your propane tank.

A good place to begin that estimate is to learn the size of your propane tank; depending on the size of your home and how much equipment is running on propane, it could be anywhere from 250 to 1000 gallons or even more. To get a ballpark figure of how long that tank will last between fill-ups, however, you’ll need more info, including the types of appliances you have and how much fuel each consumes in typical use. We’ll get to that in a minute.

A second factor you will need to estimate propane usage is the amount of energy produced by each gallon of propane as it is burned. Propane gives about 91,500 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour (to put that into perspective, one four-inch wooden kitchen match completely consumed is equivalent to one BTU).

Approximate Usage of Common Propane Appliances

The amount of propane your appliances will use depends on many factors – the size of each unit, its efficiency, how well it has been serviced, how well sized it is for your living space, and whether or not it was properly installed, to name a few.

But the following numbers should give you at least a rough idea of how much each appliance uses to do its job:

If you want further help to estimate how much propane your new home will use – or whether or not your propane tank is optimally sized for the appliances you have in your Maine home – contact us. We’ll take a look at your tank and appliances and even set you up with a propane delivery plan to make sure you’ll always have hot showers, hot meals, and a warm and cozy home.

Of course, if you don’t want to think at all about managing your propane use, simply sign up for FREE automatic propane delivery from Murray-Heutz. Our computers and technicians will estimate your delivery time based on your past usage and the current weather, so you’ll never have to look at your gauge or call for a propane delivery again.

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