The Truth About Propane Delivery
This past winter has shown that a dealer's ability to deliver the propane you purchase is every bit as important as the price. Dealers that did not think ahead last summer were scrambling for fuel to sell this past winter. The dealers that planned ahead and secured propane supply for the winter months and made sure they had sufficient delivery vehicles on the road were able to supply to supply their customers.
Every propane dealer has to purchase propane from “mid-stream” suppliers, just as grocery stores purchase food from distributors. If the mid-stream suppliers short propane dealers on supply, the propane dealers do not have any propane to deliver, whatever deal you may have made with them. Some dealers have rented storage capacity at caverns and tank farms, but to store the propane means that the propane has to be purchased. Purchasing propane in such quantity ties up so much capital that it makes running the other parts of the operation almost impossible. So many dealers trust that the market shall provide. The market changed for good this past heating season, never to be the same again. It changed because of fracking, which has created an export bonanza, so that all the propane is leaving the United States by ship, at rates that always go up. The owners of pipelines will have less and less reason to supply American customers, since they will make so much more money abroad. As a result, more and more of the pipeline capacity is going to export terminals, and less and less to terminals that supply American households.
This makes it all the more important to stay with a dealer that pays attention to the market and can prepare for each winter before the cold weather comes: that will always propane to deliver to your home. Those that prepare each winter keep prices down and supplies steady so you come out the winner. Thrifty Propane has paid attention to the market every year, and has carefully planned its supply every winter. Thrifty Propane has a proven track record of seeing ahead – you heard about fracking in the Thrifty Propane newsletter before it became national news, you heard about the terminals in the heartland shutting down in favor of export terminals before the industry began to brag about export. When you purchase your propane from Thrifty Propane you benefit from our constant vigilance that keeps supplies steady and prices down. Win the heating game with the dealer that always delivers – Thrifty Propane!
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