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October Energy News

Oct 05, 2021

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October 2021

In last month’s newsletter, I talked about trying to cram as much summer fun into September as possible. That’s what I did. I visited a few national parks out west and hung out with some friends who live in Montana and South Dakota. If you think our gasoline prices are high here, you should see the prices out west. The average price I paid for gasoline on this trip was $3.36 per gallon. And that’s where a lot of the oil wells are. Wow.

China made the news a few days ago when it was reported that the government told the nation’s oil and gas companies to buy up their winter supplies ‘at all costs’. When a nation of 1.5 billion people increases their energy buying for the winter, it’s going to have an adverse effect on energy markets worldwide. Be prepared to see it at the pumps.

If you have work that needs to be done on your propane system, give your local energy branch a call to get it scheduled. If you have a tank that needs to be installed or a line trenched, it’s a lot easier to get it on the list now than when we hit cold weather. Temps look good for the next week but we all know how quickly that can change. 

If you call in for your propane, have you checked your propane tank lately? Before you check the gauge on your tank, be sure to open the tank lid very slowly with one hand and have a can of wasp spray at the ready position in the other. If you’re new to propane, beware of wasps in the warm weather and nests of mice in the cold weather. Both can be rather startling. If you find your gauge is below 30%, give us a call to place your order. Supplies are going to be tight this winter, which could mean significantly higher prices, so order today. 

With the warm, dry weather we saw in the month of September, plus the short-term forecasts, I don’t anticipate our farmer patrons using much propane to dry their crops. If you use propane for crop drying, please call in your orders early if we don’t have you on a route to allow our drivers ample time to get to you to fill your tank(s). 

Soon you will be firing up your furnaces for the first time if you haven’t already. Make sure the furnace vents to the outside are clear of debris, bird and mouse nests, and dead raccoons. (I threw in the dead raccoons to see if you were actually reading my newsletter.) Be sure to change your furnace filters at their recommended cycle. Now is a great time to contact your heating contractor if you need to have a furnace checkup done. If you need a recommendation, call your local Premier energy office and they would be happy to give you one. 

The water heater rebate program still has money available. If you install a new propane water heater, you may be eligible for a $200 rebate. Contact your local Premier energy office to learn more. 

Have a great October. Thank you for your business. 
 

Tim Lease

Division Manager


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