Nowadays propane is replacing the traditional gas or electricity as it is safer and a reliable option. Not only that but it is also comparatively efficient and saves some money.
For family people it is an affordable option and it also is more eco-friendly. It does not pump out carbon which is major factor in destroying the environment.
Prices of Propane
The average cost of tank of propane for home ranges from about $800 – $1000 depending upon the size of the tank and some other factors like placement and if you are getting your previous tank refilled. The prices of new and the used tanks is different. Also, the price is also influenced by whether the tank is empty or how much the propane has to be filled to make it full.
Underground Propane Tanks – the underground variety of the propane tanks can cost you about $1,125 up to $5,150. Apart from this you have to pay an additional cost of $500 – $3,500 per unit. These costs also involve the payment for trenching as well as the excavation. The most common burial propane tanks are of 500 to 1000 gallons.
Used or New tanks – a new propane tank can range from $1.50 to $3.50 for one gallon thus costing you about $1,500 to $3,500 for a new tank of 1000 gallon. However, a used propane tank can range from $0.75 to $1.25 for one gallon thus costing you about $750 to $1,250 for a used tank of 1000 gallon.
If you want a smaller tank it would be better to buy a new one as it is less expensive but if you require a larger tank the better option would be to buy a used one.
Full or Empty Tank – a 15 – 20 pound full unit will have you spend $15 – $30 more.
Where to get?
You can get the propane tanks from various companies that supply them. Different companies provide these tanks at different costs and offer different services. Some companies also give installation services with a small amount of money. Most companies after you contact them give you a quote according to which you can purchase a tank that is more suitable to you.
Some of the companies that supply propane tanks include:
- Blue Rhino
- Flame King
The price differences among these companies are not much different however they may differ in the services they are providing and the installation costs.
There are also some rental companies that can offer you to rent tanks. It is a smarter option especially if you require larger tanks as it would not only reduce the costs but save you the headache of purchasing a tank and getting it delivered. These rental companies efficiently install and refill your tanks without you being disturbed.[i]
Benefits of Propane
High Energy Alternative – it is a better alternative than conventional fuel providing you high energy as compared to the fuel. Propane also provides an alternative to electric heaters as it can supply consistent 115 degrees air supply. It does the job more efficiently and quickly as compared to the other choices.
Environment friendly – propane is considered as a more eco-friendly gas as it keeps the air clean without high emission of carbon. As compared to the petroleum, propane does not harm the environment thus it is a healthier option.
Reliable – in case of an emergency when there is an electric loss or loadshedding you can simply use the appliances that can operate on the propane. Not only is it safer but you can also rely on propane whenever you need to run appliances and you run out of electricity.
Safe Energy Option – propane is safer than the gasoline tanks as any leakage can be easily detected because of the distinctive smell that it gives on leakage. So there is lesser chance of any mishap due to this gas. Also detectors are available that can help you to detect any leak and prevent accidents.
Economy – it is more affordable than the other electrical equipment. Not only does it save you a lot of money but you can also save more time using the propane cylinders instead of electricity.
Versatile – the propane cylinders are known for their versatility. You can run various appliances ranging from outdoor grills to dryers and ovens. So extensive options are available with propane.[ii]
How to store propane?
This gas is usually stored in cylinders or tanks and it comes in two different states. It can either be in gaseous form or a liquid one. There are various safety regulations that you need to follow to store propane gas. Here is a complete guide as to how you should store it:
Propane Cylinder Storage
LPG cylinder should be stored outdoors in an area that is properly ventilated. The valves should always be close and it must be kept in an upright position when it is not being used. Also, it must be stored in a way that it does not fall. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid taking these tanks into areas having heavy crowds to avoid any accident or injuries. Indoor storage of these propane tanks can be harmful so we should avoid that. Place the cylinders on a solid surface away from water. Apart from these cautions the propane cylinders should be kept away from electric sources or flammable substances.
Liquid Propane Storage
Apart from the propane gas, liquid propane is also available and is usually called as NGL meaning natural gas liquids. When the pressure of the propane gas is raised it is converted into a liquid form. The storage of the liquid form is easier as well as efficient. Also the liquid form takes lesser space. The pressure of the propane tank must be set according to the temperature of the area surrounding it. Both these factors are directly proportional to each other meaning that if the temperature is high the pressure would also have to be kept high. The pressure of can be set to 152 kPa at 0˚C and at 70˚C it must be kept at 2482 kPa.[iii]
Some important safety tips for using propane gas at home includes:
- Handle carefully
- Don’t use in basements or living areas
- Secure the tanks during transportation
- Do not leave in cars
- For connection of tanks to appliances contact an expert
- Use propane gas grills outdoors
- Contact a qualified propane technician if you suspect a leak