March Energy News

Mar 03, 2022

Propane Delivery

March 2022.

By the time you read this month’s article, I will have turned 60 and retired from the Army Reserve. (Apparently they don’t want old guys.) I’ve had a lot of adventures, from sipping beer as a private in West Germany during the Cold War, to fighting insurgents as an infantry platoon sergeant in the Iraq War, and now I’m ending my career training today’s warriors. As I say goodbye to that chapter of my life, I’m by no means closing the book. I’m planning on having many new adventures. Hopefully they won’t make the newspaper or the nightly news. 

For the six people who read my article every month (one is my mom), you’ll be happy to know that I won’t be retiring from Premier for another five years. That’s 60 more newsletters from me! Now that we’re past the personal stuff, let’s get cracking on this month’s article.

I was going to write something about the energy markets but since Russia invaded Ukraine things are so volatile that what I write at this moment may change in an hour. No one can predict how things are going to turn out and how it will affect energy prices. We’re still contracting diesel fuel for our farm accounts if you’re interested in getting something locked in. 

Did you know that the base diesel fuel is nothing more than #2 fuel oil? We don’t sell you fuel oil to put in your machinery. We sell Fieldmaster Premium Diesel Fuel. Our premium diesel package extends the life of injectors and injector pumps, provides quicker, more efficient starts, reduces maintenance costs and cleans up and prevents injector fouling. 

Do you know where your diesel fuel comes from? Most of the diesel fuel sold in our trade territory comes from the McFarland pipeline terminal. The Cenex terminal has an injection system that injects the additive into the fuel as it is being loaded on the trucks, ensuring that you get the proper amount of additive. If your current supplier is splash blending an additive package on top of the fuel after it’s loaded at their bulk plant, how do you know you’re getting the proper amount of additive or that it’s blending properly? Blending at the pipeline terminal eliminates that question.

By the end of the month most if not all of the snow should be gone. As you’re cleaning up your lawn of the debris that accumulated over the fall and winter, take a look at the propane tank. If it’s in need of a new coat of paint, be sure to call your local Premier Energy location so we can get it on the list. 

Daylight Savings begins on March 13th. While you’re setting your clocks ahead one hour, that’s a great time to change the batteries in any smoke, carbon monoxide and gas detectors. It’s also an excellent time to replace your furnace filter. After all, your air conditioning flows through the same filter and you’ll be using that soon enough.   

I know this sounds like a broken record, but there is a $200 rebate available if you install a new propane water heater. It can be either new construction or replacing an old water heater in your existing home. Please contact your local Premier Energy office to get the paperwork rolling.

Thank you for your business.

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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