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Crazy Weather & Crazy Propane

January 27th, 2014 at 07:46 am

Today was payday, and my paypal went through.

I was able to add $200 to the animal fund to start saving for fencing and finishing the horse shelter.

Credit card is also paid down.

Our propane tank is currently between 30% - 35% so I called for a fill up. There is a propane shortage across the US. People are freaking out.

The price jumped from $1.50ish to $4.50ish in just a couple weeks!

She quoted me a price of $3 today. But she told me I should just turn down the heat and ride it out as long as possible. They won't even do fill ups right now. She said they won't give anyone more than 100 gallons at a time.

I will just keep checking the propane meter, and will wait until it gets down to 15%. She said to call back next week and see if the price has settled back down. That scares me. If the tank runs out not only will we not have any heat, but they charge a whole lot of fees and have to do a bunch of tests if the tank runs out. Ouch.

Crazy times! It is suppose to get super cold again this week. Last night it was about 65... when I woke up this morning it was under 10 degrees. That is insane! 40-50 mile per hour winds all night too, it felt like a tornado.

I am SO DONE with winter. Spring come quickly.

4 Responses to “Crazy Weather & Crazy Propane”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    $3 seems pretty good considering it has been up to $4.50. I suppose not filling up tanks could be good and bad. Turning down the heat was good advice! I would definitely check your tank every day so you know how much you are using and can avoid running out completely.

  2. snafu Says:

    Do you have a programable thermostat? They are an easy DIY install and pay for themselves in miserable winters in controlling usage increasing temperature before waking and dropping when the house is empty. We went all out with the type that can be set for different schedules.

  3. klarose Says:

    We do not have a programmable thermostat. But I have looked into them. Maybe something we can get in the future.

    We keep our house at 60 degrees though... So I am not sure how much more that it could drop while we are not home, so it probably would not save us much money.

    $3 is better than $4.5 for sure. But it is still double the normal price, so I am not willing to bite the bullet unless I have to. I will wait a bit, and pray the rate drops back down in a week or two.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    The news has had many stories about the propane shortage. We have many rural folks who depend on it in our area. Hope you don't run out and the temps warm up. So sorry!

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