Summer has finally arrived! It’s the season we’ve all been waiting for, and now it’s time to go to the beach or a lake with friends, enjoy backyard cookouts and enjoy time with family. It’s also time for something that may not be on your radar: stocking up on propane!
That’s right—summer is a great time of year to order this energy-efficient fuel, and here are four reasons why.
Most households that rely on propane use more than they realize in the summer. Late fall and winter seem like the obvious high-consumption time for propane, but it’s important to remember that propane grills, pool and spa heaters, and water heaters—as well as many other systems we service and sell—all require this fuel as well. Take all of this into account so you don’t find yourself unexpectedly low on propane.
Delivery companies want to move their summer supply. The motivation to create an allocation of fuel for winter often leads to a supplier’s willingness to operate at a lower margin. This means savings for you, the consumer, when you order fuel in the summer.
Easy road conditions and scheduling can affect the price of propane. As a result of often-poor road conditions in the winter, drivers often work overtime during the peak season. This cost can lead to a hike in a company’s price per gallon, which has an impact on your bottom line. Avoid—or minimize—this by getting ahead of the game and stocking up in the summer.
As summer winds down and the weather cools off, prices will go up. Propane is in production throughout the year, but there’s an annual spike in demand each year as Maine’s heating season approaches. This shift generally results in increased prices. You can protect yourself from this by stocking up before the season changes.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you will always get a lower price on propane in the summer. Other factors, like staff training, shipping and general demand, also affect the price. Still, we recommend at least one summer propane delivery.