I looked at my yearly usage and last year I used 762 gallons (heating and
hot water only - cooking is electric) which is almost the 800 gallon max
that they can fill 1000 gallon tank at. I guess, I could possibly do a
once-a-year fill up, too.
I also got some figures to go by: the current gas company wants $5,000 for
the tank (4 years old). They are selling LPG at $3.2/Gallon which is
approx. $0.60/Gallon higher than average (11/15/2010 residential propane
data from http://www.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/hopu/hopu.asp ). So, I guess,
assuming I can find someone selling at the average price, the $5000 tank
will get me even after 8333 gallons or 11 years of usage, just about.
I guess, having someone else take the tank over looks like an attractive
option given the $5000 price tag but that puts me very much back to were I
am right now - dependent on a single company's pricing.
Does a 4 y.o. 1000 gallon buried tank really cost $5000?
what about just abandoning it in place and getting a new one installed? call
up someone and ask how much a new tank installed would cost. iirc my tank
was about 2k installed+permitting/inspection fees.
my last fill in june this year was at 2.15/gal but that was because it was a
new company in the area and it was the first time i used them. they had an
initial inspection fee ($40) but waived it because i was getting a fill.
they found a couple loose screws on the guage and fixed everything for free
i try to buy in times where there isn't heavy demand, since i fill it so
infrequently, so am not on a monthly top-up schedule. my neighbor is on one
of those schedules, and pays significantly more per year since he's locked
into a specific delivery company (which also owns his tank like your
added note: usage is highly dependent upon location. my house is gas
heat/water/dryer/2 fireplaces, but i haven't turned on my heat yet. i
probably won't until xmas, if then.
my herd of 7 cats keeps us plenty warm at night. :)
| i own my 500 gallon buried tank. i get a quote from 5 different places
| before filling it about once/year. some didn't have any inspection before
| first delivery, some did. none have asked to reinspect.
For the ones that did an inspection, was it of the tank only or did they
go through your house and check all the appliances and piping?
it's an underground tank, so no, they didn't see any of the tank except
what's under the part of the riser that's aboveground.
they put gauges on the tank and on the line, testing that there were no
leaks in either the tank feed to the house, or in the house lines (once all
the pilots were off). they also used a lot of soapy water on the line that
penetrated the tank and the guage.
since there were no leaks on any line or appliance, except a small one in
the fill gauge itself, i don't know what they would have done if there were.
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