In a previous post, we talked about the different sizes of propane tanks you can buy for your home or business. These range from 100lb for a small home to 1000 gallons for a commercial property.
Of the most common sizes, 100 gallons (not to be confused with 100 pounds!) is seen most frequently in many resdiences.
That said, 100 gallons isn’t right for everyone. In fact, you might find that you need to trade up to a larger size under certain circumstances.
Today, we’ll discuss the benefits of a 500 gallon propane tank and when to get one.
As a rule of thumb, a 500 gallon tank is usually best in these situations:
- Homes > 1500 sqft
- Your home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms or more;
- Your home has two stories or more (with both occupied);
- You use propane for whole house heating and one or one or more appliances
Things Change – Your Heating Needs Might Be One of Them!
You should reassess your propane needs when things change with your home or living styles. For example, you might ask your propane company to reassess your propane needs when:
- You move to a new home
- You add a new propane gas appliance
- People move in or out of your home (think kids going to and returing from college)
What are the other situations where you might need to trade up?
You’ve Got New Appliances that Use Propane
If you’re buying appliances that use propane, such as a brand new stove, you may find you need a larger supply. New appliances tend to be more energy efficient than older ones, but a much larger new appliance can still drain your propane faster than you’re used to.
You Want Greater Control Over Refill Timing
The cost of propane can fluctuate throughout the winter. If you want to save as much money as possible, it’s a good idea to fill up when you can get a bargain price. It’ll take a while to make up the investment in your new 500 gallon propane tank, of course, but it can be worth it.
You’ve Got Different Heating Needs
Generally speaking, children and the elderly feel the effects of the cold faster. Keeping a home warm is one way to protect their comfort and health. If you just brought home a new arrival or you’re hosting an older relative, a bigger tank can help you ensure you don’t run out of propane.
There’s an Issue With the Home’s Outer Envelope
Yikes! Something’s not quite right with the house, and it’s cold out there. This can be the result of structural issues, deteriorating insulation, and so on. Naturally, fixing the root cause is the best move in the long run. That said, boosting your propane storage can only help.
Let’s not forget, a new propane tank isn’t always a 100% “out of pocket” expense: Every now and then there are propane incentives in Pennsylvania you can take advantage of.
If You Can Afford and Store It, a 500 Gallon Propane Tank Can Help You Save
No matter how big your home is or what appliances you use, a bigger tank will be more cost-effective in the long run – so think about it if you plan to stick around in the long run.
500 gallon tanks generally fit in sheds and other storage areas, but they can also be buried underground to conserve space.
Are you ready for a new 500 gallon propane tank? Call or email Kauffman Gas!