Propane Peace of Mind

Published by Bob Hance on Thursday, September 22, 2022 in Propane

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I like to play a little game this time of year. It’s called, “What new thing will be pumpkin spice this year?” I’ve heard of pumpkin spice Twinkies, Pringles, and cereal, but my favorite so far is definitely the dog shampoo. Who doesn’t want Fido smelling like he just got off his shift at Starbucks?

In all seriousness, it’s also the time of year when temperatures drop and furnaces kick on. If I were a betting man, I’d bet many of you have been watching propane prices. Our guaranteed capped rate through May 31, 2023, is $1.849, which is well below what I’ve seen from some other providers. That’s because we constantly monitor prices and hedge our propane in advance to secure the best rates we can find. Hedging also enables us to sometimes take advantage of discounted pricing due to the volume that we purchase. When that occurs, we pass the savings on to you.

We’ll continue that practice as we look to the years ahead. However, like everywhere else, supply issues, inflation, and volatile markets have reared their ugly heads. We expect our 2023-2024 propane price to be comparable to, if not below, other providers but we anticipate at least $2.00 per gallon.

We’ve also seen some new players enter the field as companies are trying to bank, literally, on current market conditions. As I’ve always cautioned, be wary of lower first-fill prices, which are designed to get new customers in the door. Once you become an established customer, the price often skyrockets, particularly during the colder months of the year when you need propane most. We don’t play those games, and we don’t offer special “new customer” deals on the backs of our current customers. Everyone pays the same per-gallon rate from June through May of every year, no matter what Mother Nature or propane markets do.

Peace of mind doesn’t stop at price, though. We also offer billing and delivery programs to take the worry out of your propane service.  Here are our most popular:

Through our variable budget billing program, we average your monthly payment and adjust it slightly each month based on historical usage. You don’t have to deal with a large settle-up bill at the end of the propane year.

Auto-fill delivery is a second worry-free program, and it’s great for people with consistent usage. We estimate tank levels based on historical use, number of propane appliances and people in the home, and other information. Then we automatically schedule your deliveries as needed. As long as you keep us informed about changes to your home, auto-fill offers a “set it and forget it” solution.

If you don’t qualify for auto-fill, our seasonal delivery program offers an alternative. We deliver every August and again in February if needed, but we ask that you keep an eye on your tank levels. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll deliver as scheduled.

We don’t know what the future holds. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to secure the best price possible, and we will continue to offer programs to help you manage your propane experience. 

About The Author

Bob Hance

Bob Hance is the President/CEO of Midwest Energy & Communications, and a 45-year veteran of the electric cooperative industry. Within the industry he has earned a reputation as a leader and a trailblazer, and has been nationally recognized for his efforts to bridge the digital divide as a tir

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