With Vince home, I have to be careful what I say. This morning we were talking and I said “We need to watch propane prices and sometime this summer, get our tanks filled.” Propane usually goes down in the summer and starts climbing again in about late August when folks are starting to think about filling their tanks for winter.
I was out in the front watering the orchard and I heard a vehicle coming down the driveway and figured it was UPS. Nope . . it was this guy. Vince called to check the price and it was the same as what we had paid before but they anticipate a price increase soon so he had them come out and fill the tanks. The delivery guy was in the area so he was here within an hour of Vince calling.
Filled the house tank and the greenhouse tank. I told the guy I’ll probably see him in a year. That’s how long our propane usually lasts.
In November, 2017, we filled up the tanks and with this past winter having so many cold nights, we still only used 55 gallons of propane in the greenhouse, meaning it cost $118.04 to run the greenhouse all winter. That’s not bad. I was afraid it was going to be way more. This tank of propane will get us through the next winter and, depending on how cold it is, we might have enough for two winters.
For the house, we used 160 gallons of propane. Maybe we should take sleeping bags and sleep in the greenhouse! We use propane for the water heater, dryer, stove and heat. Now that we’re trying to use more electricity, I should probably switch to using the electric dryer and if I had my way, we’d put in a solar powered water heater. So, from November to May, we used 160 gallons of propane. We’ll probably only use about 200 gallons the entire year. It’s the furnace that sucks it down. In theory, we should have enough propane at the house to last at least three years.
One thing off the “to do” list!