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Estimating Your Propane Usage in the Summer

Written on: July 26, 2021

What’s Normal?

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If you look back over your propane bills from the last year, you might notice that monthly usage is different. It could be that you use the fuel differently from month to month, like when you use propane for home heating.

If you heat your water and cook with propane in the summer, it’s possible that your gas consumption will increase more than expected.

This could be a problem if you use Will-Call for your propane delivery, as you may find yourself running low on, or worse, running out of propane. You can avoid that by enrolling in Automatic Delivery!

We use your usage history and current weather conditions to accurately predict when you will need more propane, and fill your tank before you run low.

How To Calculate Propane Usage

You’re probably not running all your propane appliances 100% of the time, so we’ve created the example below to estimate how much you’ll use by using them at 25% and 50% capacity for 2 to 6 hours per day.

The estimated amount of propane usage use per day can vary greatly, from 1.2 to 7.2 gallons of gas a day. Changes in circumstances like children being home from college over the summer can have an impact, between water heating for bathing and laundry among other things. Here’s an example:

For a gas water heater, clothes dryer, and range run at 25% capacity for 2 hours a day:

220,000 BTU/hours (the total for all the appliances) ÷ 91,547 BTU/gallon of propane = 2.4 gallons per hour

2.4 gallons x .25 (25% capacity) = .6 gallons per hour

.6 gallons x 2 hours = 1.2 gallons

This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:

25% capacity for 6 hours = 3.6 gallons per day

50% capacity for 2 hours = 2.4 gallons per day

50% capacity for 6 hours 7.2 gallons per day

If you have a propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75% capacity, which adds about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:

425,000 BTU/hour ÷ 91,547 = 4.64 gallons/hour

4.65 x .75 = 3.48 gallons

Pool heaters use a lot of propane and you can reduce your usage by using a swimming pool cover when the pool is not being used. This will retain much of the pool’s heat, so that the heater doesn’t have to run as frequently.

Using a propane generator for power means calculations can be difficult, since you may or may not use it during an outage, and for any given period of time. Keep track of when your whole house generator is in use so that you know if this will affect your bills and how to plan accordingly.

Have peace of mind that you’ll always have the propane you need. Contact us today to sign up for Automatic Delivery!