September Energy News

Aug 29, 2023

Propane Tank

September 2023.

I hope you all had a fantastic August. Although we had a few days of hot weather toward the end of the month, cooler days are coming. It’s less than 120 days until winter. Soon we’ll be digging out the warm clothing and finding our boots to prepare for the colder weather that is surely on its way. If you haven’t locked in your propane supply but would still like to, please call your local Premier Energy office to see if the lock in price has changed.

I took a trip down to North Carolina in August. I stopped in Lexington, KY overnight to visit an army buddy that I served with in West Germany back in 1983-85. He had a long career in the army flying helicopters and now he’s flying for a private contractor. In the morning he had a flight mission and I was off on my own mission to take my car down to Ashville, NC to get it converted to run on propane. It will still be able to run on gasoline as well so I won’t have the refueling issues they have with electric vehicles. 

My car is a 2022 Dodge Challenger (actually the bank owns it but they let me drive it) with a 5.7L Hemi. Normally, Fillback’s in Richland Center would do the conversion but Alliance Autogas has never installed a conversion on a Dodge Challenger so I took it to their research center to let their engineers figure it out. I’ll have to fly down there in a few weeks to pick it up when it’s completed. I can’t wait to see the results.

My car requires at least 91 octane. Propane is about 110 octane, so I won’t need to put the expensive high test gasoline in it every time I fill up. If I get 85% of the mileage that I would get with gasoline, according to my calculations my fuel savings would be $40.89 on the first fill or 57% using current prices. Per mile savings would be 11.9 cents per mile. Presuming that everything remains the same, here are the savings:
10,000 miles savings: $1,190
100,000 miles savings: $11,900
200,000 miles savings: $23,800
300,000 miles savings: $35,700

I think you can see why I get so excited when I talk about propane autogas. Can you get up to 300,000 miles out of a vehicle? With proper maintenance, yes. My pickup has 207,000 miles on it and it’s still going strong so I am planning on getting 300,000 miles out of that vehicle. If you’re interested in converting a vehicle or a fleet of vehicles to propane, give us a call and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction. We have several vehicles running on propane at Premier. 

The next thing I’d like to talk about is our grain and feed facility in Mineral Point. If you drive  there to drop off your grain or if you own a diesel vehicle, you are able to use the refueling facility at that location. Give Shane, our Certified Energy Specialist a call at 608-504-6281 and he can tell you about it. We will issue you a card and you’ll receive an average monthly price for your fuel plus you’ll be eligible for dividends from Premier Cooperative. We use Cenex Roadmaster at that facility so you’re getting the best quality product. In the winter, we put additives and the right amount of #1 fuel in the tank so that you won’t have issues with your filters plugging. We rely on our trucks for our livelihood so we’re not going to risk having them go down because we didn’t have the fuel properly winterized. Enjoy the warm September weather. 

We appreciate your business. Thank you.

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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