Winter is Coming
November 5, 2017
Written By Adam Buckallew
3 Tips for Propane Preparedness
Fall is here and heating season is just around the corner. If you haven’t planned for your propane needs yet, now is the time. MFA Oil is committed to keeping your home, farm or commercial business adequately supplied with propane all winter long.
The price of propane, like the prices of other energy sources, is driven by market forces. Weather is an important factor in propane demand, and it’s hard to predict. However, history has shown you are most likely to get a lower price on propane if you buy now, rather than when demand peaks later this winter.
Communicating early and regularly with your local MFA Oil propane plant and planning ahead are the keys to staying warm, comfortable and safe during the cold weather months. Consider these tips to ensure you’re prepared:
1. Fill now
Scheduling a tank fill now has its benefits. Filling tanks prior to winter increases the supply of propane in the places where it’s needed most, which reduces the risks of spikes in demand and price. Taking advantage of the storage capacity in customer tanks greatly increases the available supply of propane for all. This is why it is in everyone’s best interest to have their tank filled before the start of the heating season. Additionally, proactively filling up your propane tank now helps MFA Oil plan for its supply needs. If you haven’t already filled your tank, ask about making arrangements for an early fill.
2. Maintain adequate supply
Winter storms can hinder propane deliveries, so it’s a good idea to regularly monitor your propane needs. Get familiar with your tank’s fuel gauge and learn to recognize when your propane supply is running low to avoid interruptions in your service. MFA Oil recommends that you call for a delivery when your tank’s fuel level is between 20 and 30 percent, or at least three business days before you would like to receive a delivery. Doing so gives us enough time to arrange a refill long before you run out of propane.
3. Take the worry-free option
Considering your busy life, wouldn’t it be helpful to have one less thing to keep track of, like the level of propane in your tank? Sign up for MFA Oil’s Auto-Fill program, and let the company track your propane needs and schedule deliveries as needed. It’s that simple.