Act now for savings on your Propane Bill

Act now for savings on your Propane Bill

Energy prices are skyrocketing – and for our Franger Gas customers, this means an impact on your finances. You aren’t alone. Millions of households are facing rising energy bills. Across the board, energy prices are rising in ways we have not seen previously. No source is immune — gasoline, propane, natural gas, and heating oil are all reaching record costs.

For Franger customers, our Guaranteed Price Program offers relief.

We encourage every one of our customers to take advantage of our Guaranteed Price Program now. We want to give you peace of mind and predictability. When you pay for propane gas as it is delivered, that can be hard on the budget and difficult to forecast.

Guaranteed Price Program is available now! GPP runs May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023.

What is GPP? It is our budget billing program that allows you to get a predictable energy bill. There is no cost to join and allows you to make the same payment every month. GPP is designed to offer a capped price and break down your total season’s heating bill into monthly payments. As a GPP customer, you are automatically enrolled in our worry-free Automatic Fill Service. 

How does Guaranteed Price work?

  • We estimate your propane gas usage for the next 11 months, based on your past usage and tank size as well as factoring in weather and propane price forecasts. Prices will vary based on individual residential customer accounts.
  • We divide that amount by 11 to determine your monthly payment amount.
  • We review your plan throughout the year to make sure your budget amount is keeping pace with your actual usage. Guaranteed Price is settled in April and recalculated for the new plan year that starts on May 1.
  • The Enrollment Period is extended this year until June 15.
  • This is a free service for residential customers whose accounts are up to date, and you can discontinue it at any time

What are the benefits of the program?

Benefits to our Guaranteed Price Program include:

  • A Guaranteed Price (No higher than $2.599 for 250+ gallon tanks, and $2.999 for 100-gallon tanks, from May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023.)
  • Equal Monthly Payments (you can also make payments in advance)
  • Automatic Fill Guarantee (No extra cost for this great service)
  • For more details, read our FAQs here.

How do I enroll in the Guaranteed Price Program?

Use our GPP payment calculator to determine if you qualify. You will receive an estimate of your monthly payment plan, and your estimated payment will be sent to a Franger Gas specialist who will be in touch to finalize your plan.

Preparing for the Rising Cost of Energy and Battling Pricing Shock

Preparing for the Rising Cost of Energy and Battling Pricing Shock

The rising cost of energy is currently one of the hottest topics in the country. Millions of households now face an even greater struggle to manage their finances as their energy bills skyrocket. Across the board, energy prices are rising in ways we have not seen before – from gasoline to propane to natural gas and heating oil. The change in price is significant, unpredictable, and impacting all of us.

Following a winter in which families experienced even higher costs than in recent years due to price hikes across the energy market and cold temperatures, the cost of home heating is on the minds of homeowners.  Issues with home heating and related residential energy consumption will continue for years to come. Now is the moment to take control of the situation. 

A quick look at the energy market

It’s fair to say that the current state of the energy market makes for pessimistic reading. The EIA report shows that residential electricity rose by 4.3% in 2021 to a cost of 13.72 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). While this is in line with the general rate of inflation on the Consumer Price Index, it does signal the biggest year-on-year increase since 2008.

Home heating costs climbed by over 50% for many households this past winter. Propane gas supply contracts for both summer and winter have already increased dramatically in cost.

Whether you’re in the 40% of households who face financial difficulties or not, there is no time to waste in the battle to get home heating and energy costs under control. There are three main areas to focus on – the energy source, the home’s efficiency, and how you use the property.

Select the right energy source

Perhaps the most important step in the battle to control your energy cost is to choose the right energy source. While the above-mentioned studies show households that are primarily heated by propane have been the biggest losers during the price hikes, it is still the most efficient solution compared to natural gas heating and other heating choices. 

Considered a greener fuel than natural gas both before and after, Propane gas is the perfect choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners. Storing the fuel in tanks rather than relying on pipework can have benefits too.

While it remains cheaper than the alternatives, anyone using propane (or upgrading to it) must acknowledge the price hikes if they want to avoid financial strains. Therefore, it is essential to get your propane from the right supplier and find a residential plan that gives you the best value for money.

Guaranteed Price Payment Calculator

Do you qualify? What will your Guaranteed Price Payments be?

Use our Guaranteed Price Program calculator to find out what your budget billing payments will be.

Manage your energy bill with Franger Gas

Franger Gas delivers quality propane to residential and commercial properties throughout Indiana. We also offer wholesale fuel solutions, although the most effective option for controlling your energy cost is our Guaranteed Price Program service.

The program runs from May 1 to April 30 each year. We offer GPP to residential customers who are up to date with their current plan payments. What does this mean for you? You pay a set fee for your energy each month while your actual energy usage is calculated at the end of the year – Franger Gas then uses those figures to set your pricing plan for the month ahead. Franger’s GPP actively saves our customers money, up to 20c per gallon and it protects you against further price hikes over the year. Other benefits gained from this program include; 

  • No nasty surprises, making it far easier to manage your home heating costs.
  • Pay the same amount each month, removing the seasonal winter increase.
  • Get your fuel automatically refilled through our Auto-Fill service.

In short, this solution saves time and money throughout the year. Despite the increase in propane costs, budget billing programs such as our Guaranteed Price Program help you manage your heating costs.

Make the necessary home upgrades

Getting the right fuel source is a great starting point that will ensure that the propane gas used costs less money. However, you should additionally try to overcome the current challenges of the energy market by using less energy.

Some home upgrades will require an initial expense but can save money in the long run while others are very affordable, to begin with. Try these ideas to see big improvements;

  • Invest in thicker windows and better roofing insulation to cut energy loss.
  • Invest in an efficient boiler and cover any radiator pipes to reduce heat loss.
  • Choose a smart thermostat that can deliver automated savings. 
  • Clean the filters on HVACs and furnaces at least once per month.
  • Insulate the walls and floors and use ceiling fans to circulate heat.

Some of the jobs will additionally add value to the property as well as boosting your levels of comfort.

Change your Energy-Use Habits

Habitual changes have always been important in the effort to lower energy costs. However, families have become more accustomed to spending time at home throughout the pandemic, which makes our daily habits even more important to consider.

With the average home spending in excess of $2,000 per year on household utilities, the following checklist is helpful;

  • Always close the doors of any room that you are heating to prevent energy loss and drafts.
  • Always turn electronic items like TVs off at night rather than putting them on standby.
  • Save up to 15% of your home heating bill by reducing the daytime thermostat temperature by 10 degrees. 
  • Keep drapes on south-facing windows open in the day to let heat in, and closed at night to keep it in.
  • Monitor the time you spend in the shower or use shallow baths.

While most of the steps focus on home heating, it is wise to think about water and electricity usage too. When you do, the savings will be much larger.

The final word on energy costs

There is very little you can do to stop the overall cost of energy from rising. However, switching to the right heating source and delivery program can help you minimize financial uncertainty. When supported by household changes and adjustments to our daily habits, you can make your energy work harder for you.

At Franger Gas, we are constantly monitoring the energy market and how it is impacting our customers.

We encourage every one of our customers to take advantage of our Guaranteed Price Program for peace of mind and predictability. Contact Franger Gas to enroll today!

Choosing the Right Heating Source for your Home

Choosing the Right Heating Source for your Home

Choosing the right heating source for your home is a big decision. Did you know that heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home – typically making up as much as 29 percent of your overall energy bill? And, depending on the heating system you choose, it can last upwards of 20 years. All of this makes it vital to take the time to investigate your home’s heating options.  

This quick guide will help you choose the right home heating solution for your family as well as your finances. Let’s get started.

What are the key features to consider when choosing a heating source for your family?

It’s impossible to choose a suitable residential heating supply if you don’t first know what you are looking for. Statistics show that around 96% of the country is hooked up to a source of heating, with 47% relying on natural gas while 36% use electricity and 11% use other gas sources like propane gas.

One thing the percentages don’t reflect – is that most homeowners don’t consider the fact that they can change heating sources. Instead, they simply remain on whatever energy source was in place when they moved into their home.

However, switching to the best home heating solution offers a wide range of rewards when you prioritize the following features; 

  • Cost – keeping your energy bill to a manageable level is the main goal for most homeowners, especially after recent price hikes. It is vital to know the cost of your heating per KwH and how it translates to the home heating cost.
  • Safety – every homeowner needs to know that their property is safe and choosing the proper residential heating will make a difference. Furthermore, making the right choice will put your mind at ease.
  • Environmental impact – reducing your carbon emissions is an increasingly important goal for families, and home heating is the perfect place to start.

Switching from one energy source to another may seem complicated, but it is a one-time change that can have a significant impact on your home. Given that it can save time, money, and the environment, it is a home upgrade that all families should consider.

Which heating source is best for your home?

As well as looking at the correct heating source, you will need the right heating system. The choice between a furnace, heating pump, and boiler, for example, can have a considerable impact. However, finding the best heating source should be your first goal.

No Heating Source

Some homes do not have any heating source. Southwestern territories show up to 15% of households have no heating source, which reflects the natural climate in those states. However, when living in Indiana (or most parts of the country), a heating source of some kind is necessary for cold winter months.

Natural gas

Natural gas is the most popular choice because it is often the source already in place. If the heating systems are in place, you may take the “don’t fix what isn’t broken” philosophy. Like any gas, it is deemed more reliable than electricity as it won’t drop out during a storm or power outage. Moreover, natural gas is cleaner than fossil fuels and easier to store. The supply across the Midwest and the rest of the United States is very good. However, natural gas is combustible and is not a renewable energy source.

Electric heating

Electric heating as a home heating source is also quite popular. Firstly, it is a solution that requires minimal initial cost as electric heaters are very cheap to purchase. It also offers a convenient option as the installation doesn’t require any changes to the property. However, it is an expensive choice – with electricity costing more than twice that of natural gas and propane. The costs are even higher once the heater becomes inefficient. It is also slower to heat your home and can be unreliable in power outages.

Propane gas

Propane gas for residential heating isn’t always a homeowners’ first thought for heating their home – mainly because it’s not the solution they inherit. The main disadvantage is that it requires an initial expense to make the switch. Meanwhile, it should be noted that it burns at a lower temperature, which does mean you will need to burn more if you want the same room temperatures as fossil fuels. For most people, though, this is not an issue.

Propane gas offers a multitude of benefits for those who want to heat their home and stay warm in the colder months. Those benefits include:

  • Propane is Environmentally friendly. The 1990 Clean Air Act lists propane as a green energy source. As well as low carbon content, it does not contaminate groundwater. If you are looking for ways to help the environment, switching to propane is a great way to do so.
  • Propane Gas saves money. It saves money compared to natural gas, even if the energy price has increased significantly in recent times. The Franger Gas Guaranteed Price Program schedule helps you cut the costs further.
  • Propane Gas is safe. It is a safe solution for your family as the storage tanks are far less likely to encounter punctures. Likewise, propane gas doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals. Propane gas produces heat, vapor, water, and carbon dioxide. It also has a remarkable safety record – due in part to codes and regulations put in place by the propane industry and National Fire Protection Association.
  • Propane Gas is reliable. Like natural gas, propane will continue to provide reliability when you have an electric power outage. When coupled with the fact it can be used for grills, furnaces, and more, it is a fantastic solution.

The verdict

Whether moving into a new property or upgrading the heating source in your current property doesn’t matter; propane is the best choice for your home. It’s safe, affordable, and reliable. It also signifies a huge step to reducing your carbon footprint.

And for our existing Franger Gas customers, you can further reduce your costs for heating your home with our Refer A Friend program at Franger Gas. Using this service can help a friend attain the benefits of heating their homes with propane gas and see a reduction in your bills with account credit. 

Uses far beyond heating the home

Did you know propane can be used for so much more than heating? You can use Propane for:

  • Home Heating
  • Water Heating
  • Emergency backup generators
  • Gas logs, fireplaces and stoves
  • Clothes drying
  • Space heaters for three-season rooms and garages
  • Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits
  • Gas grills
  • Pool heaters
  • Hot tub heaters

Excellent Customer Service with Franger Gas

At Franger Gas, we deliver exceptional energy and exceptional service. We are a locally owned and operated family company that understands the community because it is our home as well. With over 75 years of propane experience, we know what it takes to get the job done. We offer several Residential Programs to help keep your cost down and your propane tank filled!

Tips For Winter Propane Delivery

Tips For Winter Propane Delivery

Winter is officially upon us! We know heating your home and keeping you family warm and safe becomes a top priority when wind chill and temperatures drop, and snow and ice become an issue. As your prepare for winter propane deliveries, we have some tips and advice for winter propane deliveries.

Consider our Residential Programs for Peace of Mind

Being on our residential program of tank monitoring and automatic fill will ensures you never have to go without heating during the colder months. You can guarantee to stay topped up and keep warm in the winter. 

Tips For Winter Propane Deliveries

If you are expecting a delivery of propane, it is a good idea to prepare your property for easy access and installation. 

Schedule Early

If you need to schedule a propane tank fill-up, call us early. Schedule LP delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. That gives you enough fuel to keep your home running until your propane provider can fill your tank.

Place a stake in the ground before the first snowfall

To ensure your propane tank is easy to find if snow cover the ground, you can place a stake or a flag in the ground. Doing this before snow makes sure your delivery driver can easily locate your propane tank no matter the weather conditions. 

You will likely have a rough idea of when to expect snowfall. Therefore, make sure to place the flag/stake down before this occurs. If you don’t want to worry about the weather forecast, place it in the ground early in the winter season in preparation so that the propane delivery will not be delayed.

Keep the driveway clear of snow and ice

When the propane delivery truck arrives this winter, it will need a snow/ice-free place to park and unload. Should snow fall ahead of your propane delivery, please make sure to clear your driveway and any walkways of snow and ice to make it safe and convenient for the delivery drivers. 

It is a good idea to salt any icy patches where you or the delivery drivers might need to walk. This will make the job as safe as possible and ensure that nobody gets hurt in the snowy and/or icy weather. We understand that isn’t always possible. Simply removing the snow and creating a clear pathway is enough to help the delivery drivers easily do their job – and we appreciate your care in keeping our team safe!

Clear a wide enough path

We recommend keeping your driveway clear of snow for a width of at least 8 feet. Remember propane trucks are wider than most vehicles – and do not turn as easily.

Make a clear walkway to the propane tank

Locating the tank will be easy if you have already placed a stake in the ground. However, it is important to make sure your tank is easily accessible, which is best with a clear pathway. Keep the pathway free of snow, ice or any objects that could be tripped over when covered by snow accumulation. Our drivers carry heavy propane hoses, and navigating through heavy snow can be difficult, and dangerous if the pathway is not clear.

Keep your gates all the way open

If you scheduled a winter propane delivery, and the driver must pass through a gate to access your propane tank , keep your gates fully open. This is especially helpful if your gates are vulnerable to freezing shut or being blocked by snow accumulation. Frozen over gates might prevent you from getting your propane delivery. We don’t want to bump your gate while driving through!

Apply salt to hilly entryways

If your home has a hilly entryway, you can increase safety by applying salt to the area. This will increase the grip for the delivery vehicle to remain safe upon entering, unloading, and leaving the property during snowfall.

Propane Emergencies & Safety

Contact us immediately if you think something is wrong. You should not smell propane in your home, so do not think that it might be normal if you do. Call us and report an issue. Never disconnect your propane tank and hook up a spare or small tank to get by. When a propane tank runs out of gas or is disconnected, the piping system must be checked to make sure there are no leaks caused by the interruption.

Find out more about program options to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter. Call us today at (574) 264-2118 to discuss your winter propane delivery!

Franger Gas: Looking Back at 2021

Franger Gas: Looking Back at 2021

What a year 2021 has been! We celebrated our 75th Anniversary and have so much to be grateful for as we head into 2022. 

Our customers have given all of us at Franger Gas Company so many reasons to say “Thanks!” You continue to trust us to provide your homes, businesses, and farms with propane throughout the year. 

Another thing we are incredibly thankful for is the way our customers tell others about your propane service and experience with Franger Gas! We know word of mouth recommendations are the best kind of advertising – and want to remind you of our Refer a Friend program. To show our gratitude if you bring another customer to us, we’ll credit your account $50! It’s that easy and means so much to us!

We’re also grateful for the dedication and loyalty of our amazing employees. You have been hard at work through all the COVID restrictions and changes brought our way for the last two years. You show up and do the work, and bring peace of mind to our customers day in and day out. You continue to provide our customers with service beyond their expectations. Thank you! 

Without our customers and our awesome staff, there is no Franger Gas Company. Thank you for being a part of our family for 75 years! If you are interested in learning more about us, and staying current on what is happening with Franger Gas, sign up for our newsletter today!

Wishing all our customers and employees a Happy New Year! Hears to 75 more years!

Franger Gas Management Team

Let’s Celebrate 75 years of Franger Gas!

Let’s Celebrate 75 years of Franger Gas!

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2021. 75 years in business – we are so proud of this accomplishment. As we look back at our company history full of success – we wanted to share some thoughts about the journey.

“As a part of the 3rd generation of my family involved in this business, it continues to be very fulfilling to watch our growth continue. We find in an environment surrounded by large companies, with call centers out of state, there is a desire to do business with locally owned operations.  Franger Gas is striving to keep offering what our customers request:  great propane delivery service at competitive price points.  Call us – we answer the phone!”

Jeff Franger, Vice President

75th Anniversary: A look at how it all began

In 1946, after serving his country in the United States Navy, Edward Franger started Franger Bottled Gas Company with relative John Foster. They began supplying our returning World War II veterans with propane appliances and fuel for their homes. As a result of the petroleum shortages of  World War II, a market for appliances – especially appliances fueled by Propane– grew. 

As soldiers returned home and started families, business grew rapidly.  In 1950, Mr. Franger and Mr. Foster split the business – each focusing on their own area of interest.  Mr. Franger aimed his efforts at delivering liquid propane to his customers while Mr. Foster wanted to concentrate on appliance sales and service.  Mr. Franger purchased land on the Old Ft. Wayne Road (now County Road 10) and built the Elkhart, Ind. plant, with the company being renamed Franger Gas.

The propane industry grows, and Franger Gas grows with it

Not long after this, Franger Gas opened a plant in Plymouth, Ind. and another in Akron, Ind.  With all this growth, an opportunity to enter the wholesale propane business emerged.  We acquired one of the largest propane hauling tanker trucks in the state of Indiana. We then began marketing to other propane retailers.  Bottled gas became Bulk gas, with the demand for residential 500 gallon and 1000 gallon tanks growing as propane furnaces and water heaters became very popular.  Also, farming found uses for propane, irrigating crops in Spring and drying grain during the fall harvest.  When fork lift trucks began running on propane in the 1950s, Franger Gas became a major supplier to businesses in Elkhart County.

Franger Gas’s business footprint had grown enough that we were now able to buy direct from major oil company refineries in Chicago, Ill. and Toledo, Ohio.  Additional transport trucking was acquired to accommodate an increase in sales to other propane marketers in the Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio regions.  Franger Gas sold off all transport trucks in the 1980s but remained in the wholesale business and saw continued growth. 

With retail growth continuing, Franger Gas purchased land in Jones, Michigan in the 1970s and built a new bulk plant to service customers in the Union, Vandalia, Cassopolis and Three Rivers areas.  Our newest addition arrived in 2016 when AllPro Gas, based in Goshen, Ind., merged with Franger Gas.

The Mentone Propane Rail Terminal

In the fall and winter of 2013 and 2014, there was a significant disruption in propane supply regionally.  A large grain-drying demand and very cold weather depleted supplies. The result left many terminals in the Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois region with little to no gas for long periods of time.  As Spring arrived, the pipeline-fed terminal in Milford, Indiana announced that it would no longer supply propane.  To help meet the need in our region, Franger Gas partnered with a trusted supplier and built the rail-supplied Mentone Propane Rail Terminal.  While not having the capacity of the Milford terminal, the Mentone terminal has become one of the most efficient options in the region.  Low loading times and zero detention time has made the rail terminal very popular with transportation companies looking to get fuel loaded and back on the road quickly.

Large enough to serve, Small enough to care

Franger Gas has come a long way in our 75 year journey!  We have built multiple plants, brought a rail terminal to the region, and entered many new markets.  We have continued to invest in growth to serve more and more customers.  Integrating new technologies has made us more effective for our customers’ needs.  We continue to evaluate all aspects of our business and finding solutions to serve you – our residential, commercial and wholesale customers. And every step of the way, we remain focused on living out our motto:  “Large Enough to Serve, Small Enough to Care!”

Thank you for being part of our journey.  We’re excited as we continue towards another 75 years!

Contact Us to become a Franger Gas customer today