Winter can be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to heating bills. In fact, one of the questions we get asked most here at Rand Wade is “how much propane can I expect to use this winter?”
The truth is, that’s not an easy question to answer – mostly because there are so many variables in play (how energy efficient your home is, how cold the weather gets, how warm you like your house, and how well you have maintained your heating equipment, to name a few). But there are some rules of thumb that will help you get least some idea of what to expect when it comes to propane use in the coming months.
Please keep in mind that these are only estimates – any of the factors listed above, plus many others, can affect how much fuel you burn!
Here are some typical annual usage rates for common household appliances. It’s important to remember that most of these appliances use more propane (sometimes much more) during the winter than at other times of the year – even your water heater, which works harder in the winter to keep water warm in your basement and to heat cold well or municipal water as it enters your house.
|Appliance||Annual gallons used|
|Propane water heater||250|
|Propane clothes dryer||20|
If you want a better idea of how much propane your home might use – and how quickly, check out this article from propane101.com– or better yet, just contact us today. Our experts will help you determine whether or not your propane tank is right-sized for your home and usage so you can be sure you’re getting the most value for your money. And if you never want to think at all about propane refills again, just sign up for FREE automatic propane delivery from Rand Wade Oil and let us worry about it!
Stay warm and safe this winter with reliable home propane deliveries in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne, Wilson, Craven, and Jones counties in North Carolina from the pros at Rand Wade Oil. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Rand Wade customer.