Keep Your Heating Costs Steady: Learn About Franger Gas’s Special Program for Propane

Keep Your Heating Costs Steady: Learn About Franger Gas’s Special Program for Propane

Managing home heating costs can be challenging, especially when prices fluctuate throughout the year. However, Franger Gas offers a solution through their Guaranteed Price Program (GPP), which allows you to lock in a set price for propane. This program provides an effective way to control your Liquid Propane, or LP heating expenses. Let’s dive into the details and benefits of enrolling in this program.

What is the Guaranteed Price Program?

Franger Gas’s Guaranteed Price Program offers customers a fixed propane price from May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025. This plan ensures that your propane costs remain consistent, even if market prices rise or fall. This means no surprises when you open your bill. 

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 also automatically enrolled in our Automatic Fill Service for even greater peace of mind. 

Make sure to sign up by June 1, 2024, to enjoy these benefits.

Why Should You Consider Signing Up?

Protection Against Price Volatility

In today’s economy, energy costs are increasingly unpredictable, impacting budgets significantly. With a locked-in rate, you won’t face any surprises in your monthly bills, making it easier to budget and plan your finances throughout the year. You protect yourself against unexpected price hikes, particularly during peak usage in winter months.

Simplified Budgeting

Uncertainty in heating costs can complicate your financial planning. The GPP eliminates this issue by setting a fixed cost for propane, which simplifies how you manage your household budget.

Peace of Mind

There’s a comforting certainty in knowing your propane expenses in advance. The GPP offers peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy a warm home throughout the year without the anxiety of fluctuating heating bills. Our GPP customers are also automatically enrolled in our worry-free Automatic Fill Service, so you don’t have to remember to check your tank gauge and call for a delivery. 

Zero Enrollment Cost

Joining the Guaranteed Price Program is completely free, adding to the financial benefits. Without any enrollment fees, all savings from the program go directly into your pocket, offering both financial relief and predictability.

Key Benefits of Franger Gas GPP 

  • A Guaranteed Price (No higher than $1.999 for 250+ gallon tanks, and $2.399 for 100 gallon tanks, from May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025.)
  • Summer Fill Discount (other companies give you just one price for the entire year)
  • Equal Monthly Payments (you can also make payments in advance)
  • Automatic Fill Guarantee (No extra cost for this great service)

How does Franger calculate your Guaranteed Price? 

  • 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 April 1 – June 1.
  • This is a free service for residential customers whose accounts are up to date, and you can discontinue it at any time

More questions? 

Head to our Guaranteed Price Program page and explore the Frequently Asked Questions there. 

Even out the Seasonal Highs and Lows

Franger Gas’s Guaranteed Price Program is an intelligent choice for managing home heating costs effectively. It simplifies budgeting, offers financial stability, and is free to join, making it a wise option for those looking to avoid the unpredictability of energy prices.

Time is limited! The deadline to sign up for the Guaranteed Price Program is June 1, 2024. Secure your propane price for the coming year now and take control of your heating expenses!

Ready to Sign up?

Start with our simple GPP Payment calculator to generate an estimated monthly bill for your home. Then, one of our Franger Gas specialists will follow up to confirm pricing and program details with you. You can also give us a call today at 574-264-2118!

Maximize Your Home Comfort with Remote Tank Monitoring for Propane Gas

Maximize Your Home Comfort with Remote Tank Monitoring for Propane Gas

We live in a time where technology seamlessly integrates into our daily lives – and these advances are improving service for our Franger Gas customers. The ability to monitor and manage home utilities remotely has become a valued convenience. For residential propane users, remote tank monitoring is transforming how they manage their home heating and energy use. Our state-of-the-art remote monitoring services for liquid propane (LP) customers, ensure a reliable, efficient, and worry-free fuel supply.

What is Remote Tank Monitoring?

Remote tank monitoring is a technological solution that allows both the propane provider and the customer to view real-time data on propane levels via internet-connected devices. This system eliminates the guesswork in propane management by providing accurate and timely information about fuel usage and needs.

The Benefits of Remote Monitoring for Propane Gas Ensured Fuel Reliability

One of the primary benefits of remote tank monitoring is the reliability it brings to your propane supply. Traditional methods rely on estimations based on past usage and expected needs, which can lead to inaccuracies. Remote monitoring uses precise data to track how much fuel you use, ensuring deliveries are made exactly when needed, not just on a set schedule.

Leak Detection and Safety Enhancements

Remote monitoring systems are also equipped to detect sudden drops in tank pressure—a potential sign of a leak. This immediate notification allows for quick responses, enhancing household safety and preventing fuel loss. Keeping an eye on these metrics not only protects your home but also ensures the efficient use of your propane.

Cost-Effective Fuel Management

With accurate data on hand, Franger Gas can optimize delivery schedules, reducing the number of trips made to your home. This not only cuts down on delivery costs, which can be passed on to you as savings, but also contributes to a greener operation by minimizing carbon emissions associated with transportation.

Seamless Installation and Maintenance Hassle-Free Setup

Franger Gas provides professional installation of remote monitoring systems, typically completed in about 15 minutes without interrupting your gas service. The installation focuses on the exterior components of your propane tank, ensuring that there is no disruption to your daily use.

Continuous Professional Support

Once installed, Franger Gas maintains the monitoring equipment, meaning there is no additional burden on you. Our team ensures that the system runs smoothly, providing regular updates and immediate attention if any issues arise, all without any hidden fees—although gallon requirements may apply.

How Remote Monitoring Enhances Customer Service Proactive Customer Support

Remote monitoring enables Franger Gas to provide proactive customer service. By understanding your specific fuel consumption patterns, we can tailor our service directly to your needs, making each interaction more personal and responsive. The efficiencies gained from remote tank monitoring improve service quality and bring our customers peace of mind, ensuring every customer receives the best possible experience.

Remote propane tank monitoring is more than just a technological advancement—it is a comprehensive service enhancement that offers reliability, efficiency, and peace of mind. As Franger Gas continues to innovate, our commitment to improving customer experience remains at the forefront. By integrating these advanced systems into our service offerings, we ensure that our customers enjoy uninterrupted comfort and safety in their homes.

Are you ready to try Remote Monitoring of your Propane Usage?

Are you ready to upgrade your home propane management? Contact Franger Gas today to learn more about our remote tank monitoring services and discover how you can benefit from enhanced fuel efficiency and safety. Join the many homeowners who have already chosen to optimize their propane usage with our cutting-edge technology.

How to Prep your Propane Home for Fall

How to Prep your Propane Home for Fall

Now that fall is here, it’s time to think about what you can do to get your home and propane appliances ready for colder weather. While number one on our minds and yours is making sure your propane tank is checked and filled – there is often more to it than simply refilling your propane tank. Franger Gas is here to give you some great tips on how to prep your propane home for fall and winter.

Below are just a few suggestions to get your home and appliances winter-ready.

1. Check Your Tank Levels Regularly

You’ll use your propane appliances more often as the weather gets colder. This means that you’ll need to keep a close eye on your propane tank level, so you don’t run out of fuel. Be sure to check the gauge regularly and call for a delivery when the level gets low (30% is a great target). This is our busiest season – so stay ahead of schedule and call around that 30% level! We never want our customers in a situation where you are panicking that you may run out of propane to heat your home.

To help, Franger Gas offers Tank Monitoring and Automatic Fill services for our customers to take the worry out of scheduling a tank refill. With remote tank monitoring (available for a small charge) we can deliver fuel when you need it while also keeping a careful eye out for leaks or unusual changes in volume. You can even track your level on your smartphone!  Remote propane tank monitoring ensures Franger Gas customers always have an ample propane supply. Learn more about those programs here.

2. Clean Your Gutters and Drain Spouts

One of the best ways to prepare your home for winter is to clean your gutters and drain spouts. This will help ensure that melting snow and ice can drain properly, which can prevent water damage to your home. In addition, it’s a good idea to trim any trees or shrubs near your gutters so that they don’t impede the flow of melting snow and ice – especially if this will impact the path leading to or area surrounding your propane tank. This could make it more difficult for Franger Gas employees to access your tank during delivery.

3. Schedule Your Appliance Maintenance

Once you’ve taken care of the exterior of your home, it’s time to focus on the inside. Start by checking all of your propane appliances—including your furnace, water heater, stove, and fireplace—to make sure they are in good working order. All propane appliances require routine maintenance to function properly and efficiently. Before the cold weather hits, schedule a time for a technician to come out and perform any necessary maintenance on your appliances. This will help prevent any issues from arising when you need them most.

4. Keep Your Vents Clear

All propane appliances have vents that allow carbon monoxide and other gases to escape. It’s important that these vents are not obstructed by snow, leaves, or other debris so that the appliance can work properly. Be sure to remove any obstructions from the vents before using the appliance. Clearing out vents in early fall means you start the season where debris can become a problem with clear vents, which will help you keep an eye on them and make clean-up easier in the messier months ahead.

5. Educate Yourself on Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be produced anytime fuel is burned in an enclosed space. Because of this, educating yourself and your family on the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and what to do if someone is exposed is important.

6. Weatherize Your Home

Another way to prepare your home and propane appliances for colder weather is by weatherizing your home. This means sealing up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors where heat can escape. You should also insulate any exposed pipes or ductwork in your home. These simple steps can help improve the efficiency of your appliances and reduce energy costs.

Following these simple tips can help prep your home and propane appliances for fall and winter weather conditions. Contact Franger Gas today if you have any questions about maintaining your propane appliances or modifying your home for colder weather! One of our friendly representatives would be happy to assist you with all of your propane needs this fall season!

Why Early Fall is the Best Time to Fill Your Propane Tank

There are several reasons why early fall is the best time to fill your propane tank. Here are a few of the most important ones:

1. Propane Prices are Relatively Stable – Early fall is a “shoulder” season between periods of peak demand – which means it is often the best time to save money on your propane deliveries. Pre-buy, auto-fill and tank monitoring options can bring extra savings during this time – contact one of our helpful representatives today to learn more about potential savings opportunities.

2. Weather is More Predictable – Sudden cold snaps are common during late autumn and early winter, but they happen less often in the early fall. Fill your propane tank now and you’ll be read for any sudden weather shifts. Plus, you won’t have to worry about freezing temperatures affecting your propane delivery.

3. You’ll Need it to Keep Enjoying the Comforts of Home – Whether you have a propane gas grill for the big game, a propane fireplace or log set for a cozy evening at home, or a propane spa for a luxurious soak, you rely on clean, green propane to deliver comfort throughout the cold weather months. So make sure your tank is full now and you can relax all season long knowing you have plenty of propane to keep your family comfortable.

4. This is a busy season for Propane – calling early means you won’t have to wait in line! At Franger Gas, this is one of our busiest seasons for new customers and existing customers. We are here and ready to take your call, and schedule your tank setting or propane delivery – but planning ahead and calling to get on our schedule early is a great idea. You can rely on Franger Gas to keep you powered without interruptions or complications. Rest easy knowing your propane needs are managed by Franger Gas.

As you can see, there are many benefits to filling your propane tank in early fall. So don’t wait – contact Franger Gas today and schedule your propane delivery. We’ll make sure you have plenty of propane to keep your home warm and cozy all season long!

Benefits of fueling your whole home with propane

Benefits of fueling your whole home with propane

Are you looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way to fuel your whole home? If so, propane may be the solution. Approximately 50 million American households currently use propane in their homes.

Residential propane use continues to grow in popularity as more homeowners seek out a safe, low-cost alternative to electricity.

The numerous benefits associated with propane use may give you a whole new appreciation for this alternative fuel. Propane is a versatile fuel that can be used for a variety of applications in your home. It is clean-burning and efficient, meaning it will not produce as much pollution as other fuels such as coal or oil. Propane is also more affordable than electricity or natural gas, making it a great option for those looking to save money on their energy bills.

Powering your Ever day Appliances

Propane can run just about any appliance you have in your home—all while using less energy, releasing fewer emissions, and generating more power than natural gas, fuel oil, and electricity. Whether you’ve used natural gas, oil heat, electricity, or a mix in the past, propane is an effective, efficient, and eco-friendly alternative energy source that can help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and manage your energy usage.

Propane can power every appliance and you can opt out of the more expensive and less efficient electrical option. Propane-fueled appliances are almost always less expensive to operate than their electric counterparts. In many cases, they’re also more efficient and have a longer life expectancy.

For example, a propane clothes dryer can dry a load of laundry in half the time and costs 50 percent less per load to operate. Heating your water with propane rather than electricity can save you 30 percent a year. A tankless propane water heater can have an efficiency level as high as 94 percent. Over the lifetime of each appliance, these savings can really add up!

Reliable energy source

Another huge benefit to propane, is its reliability. In an emergency where your electricity is out, your propane-fueled appliances will still work. This is a safe and reliable choice that won’t leave you without heat when you need it most. The only requirement is that you keep your propane tank well-maintained and filled. One gallon of propane provides 27 kilowatt hours of electricity and 91,600 Btus.

Not just for outdoors

Many people associate propane only with outdoor grills, but propane can power as we have seen, propane can help you run your household. You can use propane for home heating or your boiler. A propane fireplace offers more even heating and eliminates the ash and soot produced by a wood-burning fireplace. If your home is equipped to use propane, you have an extensive range of options available to you.

Versatile – Truly able to power your whole Home

Propane is so versatile you can use it for almost anything. As we have said —  indoors, homeowners use propane-powered cooking appliances, hot water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces. Outside, residential propane can power your outdoor living space so you can truly enjoy every aspect of space on your property. Propane can power your pool heater, outdoor grill, fire features, whole-house backup generator, RV camper and more.

Indoors

Propane can be an all-in-one energy package for maximum efficiency, performance and comfort.

Propane is the ideal energy source for

  • Cooking appliances
  • Clothes dryers
  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces
  • Space heaters
  • Water heaters

Outdoors

Just as it does inside the home, propane can add comfort to outdoor living.

Propane can provide power for

  • Firepits
  • Grills
  • Lighting
  • Pools and spas
  • Space heaters
  • RV Campers

Choose Propane to fuel your life

If you are interested in switching to propane-fueled appliances, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you will need to have a propane tank installed on your property. You will also need to have your appliances converted to propane-fueled models. This process is typically not difficult or expensive, but it is important to consult with a professional before making any changes to your home’s energy system. Learn more about switching to propane and choosing Franger Gas as your trusted propane supplier!

Propane tank exchange vs. refill — which is better for you?

Propane tank exchange vs. refill — which is better for you?

Should you Refill or Exchange your Propane Tank this Summer?

Whether you are preparing for a backyard barbecue or a road trip in the camper with the family – when you find that your small propane tank is empty, a decision must be made. Should you refill your propane tank, or exchange it for a new one?

The choice between propane tank exchange versus refill has two main arguments: convenience and cost savings. Without a doubt, refilling your propane tank is more cost-effective – but let’s take a closer look at the choices.

Refilling your Propane Tank – Pros and Cons

PROS

  • It’s cheaper.  On average, it is about $1.76 per gallon cheaper to refill a propane tank versus exchanging. Refilling your own propane tank costs about $3-$4 per gallon while exchanging at a third-party retailer is usually around $5-6 per gallon.
  • When you refill your tank at Franger Gas, we guarantee you get a full tank every time. You will also avoid flat rate fills. That means you pay only for the gas we put in your cylinder, which we measure by weight.
  • Unmeasured Quantity. Sure, you know that it is propane, but you also aren’t exactly sure how much is really in it. Exchange tanks are partially empty to allow room for the gas to expand, but exchange tanks are only filled about ¾ of the way. An exchange tank is only guaranteed to be about 15 pounds out of a max of 20 pounds. A refill tank can be filled more, and the cost per gallon is quite a bit lower. 
  • You may not be able to. If you have an older propane tank that has not been inspected in a long time, you will likely not be able to exchange it. Instead, you will be left having to purchase an entirely new tank and have it filled. 

CONS:

  • Convenience. Instead of finding a fresh tank of propane when you need it at your nearest hardware store, gas station, or grocery market, you’ll have to take your tank to a retail location set up for refills, during normally scheduled business hours. 

However, there’s likely a Franger Gas refilling location near your neighborhood! Contact us to find the location closest to you or view our refilling locations herehttps://frangergas.com/locations/.

Exchanging your Propane Tank

PROS:

  • Convenience. Exchanging your propane tank is quick and easy. You can have a spontaneous barbecue, and quickly find the propane you need just moments before guests arrive and the grilling begins. The process only requires you to drop off your old tank and pick up a new one. 
  • Exchanged propane tanks are regularly inspected, so you’ll know that the tank you pick up has a lot of life left. Remember – Franger Gas can inspect and recertify your existing tank for you!

CONS:

  • Less cost-efficient. Exchanging a propane tank can be less cost-efficient in several ways: higher price per gallon ($5-6 vs. $3-4 per gallon), not a full fill – and the potential of not using all of the propane prior to the exchange.

Find a Franger Gas location near you

Whether you choose to refill or exchange your propane tank, propane is the best way to fuel your summer. Propane is an affordable, easy-to-use, and efficient fuel. Contact Franger Gas today to for a propane tank refill – and don’t miss a beat in powering your summer activities!

How to recertify your propane tank

How to recertify your propane tank

Summer is underway, and we know you have been busy grilling! You may have been so anxious to fire up the grill, that you forgot to make sure your grill cylinder certification is up-to-date. Or maybe you only recently bought your first propane grill and the process of recertifying a propane tank is completely new to you.

Franger Gas is here to help! We can walk you through the process of recertifying your propane tank, and bring you up to speed on all there is to know.

Why does a Propane Tank need to be recertified?

Portable propane tanks like the 20 and 30 lb tanks on the front of travel trailers or connected to your grill are known as DOT cylinders, or Department of Transportation cylinders – because they are meant to be transported and carried around.

Because propane is a highly flammable liquid and gas that’s stored at a high pressure the Department of Transportation requires all portable propane tanks to be recertified periodically to make sure tanks used out on the road are safe.

So while it might seem like a simple process to take your tank to a local retailer to have it refilled when it runs dry, the process is actually monitored by the United States Department of Transportation. If you try to refill a tank that is due for recertification, you will be turned away until that tank is recertified.

Fortunately – tank refills and recertification can both be done for you by Franger Gas.

How often does a Propane Tank need to be recertified?

Propane tanks are good for 12 years from the date of manufacture. After that, tanks typically need inspecting and recertification every five years. To check your tank’s status, look at the collar at the top of the tank. You’ll find the date of manufacture stamped into the collar using the typical month and year code. A tank stamped 08 18, for example, was manufactured in August 2018.

When the tank is recertified, the company certifying it will either add a sticker to the tank with the inspection date on it or stamp its own mark into the top of the cylinder. A recertified date code consists of the letter A, B, C, or D as well as a two-digit number. The letter in the code indicates the quarter, and the number signals the year that the tank was recertified. A stamp that reads B 20 indicates certification during the second quarter (April, May, or June) of the year 2020.

There are a few more things to note about the dates/tags listed on your propane tank, and how it indicates the propane inspection type performed on your tank:

Date Only

If your propane tank shows only a date, with no letter following it – this is typically the manufacturing date and indicates you will need to have your propane tank recertified within 12 years of the date on the tank.

Date followed by a Letter

An “S” on the tank after the date indicates an internal hydrostatic method was used for inspection. This means you have 7 years before needing your DOT propane tank checked again.

An “E” following the date listed on your tank means the tank was inspected only visually and externally. This means you will need your propane tank inspected within five years of that date.

The codes are meant to let you and any future technicians who examine the tank know when it was last checked and in which way.

How to Recertify a Propane Tank

Now that you understand the reason and timing behind recertification – we will explain the simple process of having your propane tank recertified. You can follow these quick and easy steps and you will be back to grilling or RVing in no time!

  1. Visit frangergas.com to find the nearest Franger Gas location.
  2. No appointment is necessary!
  3. Bring your tank to one of our refilling locations for recertification. We will inscribe your tank with the inspection date and recertification date.  Note: There is a nominal fee for recertification.
  4. Once your tank has been recertified, it’s time to get grilling!

Why Choose Franger Gas?

Recertification is necessary if you want to be able to refill your DOT propane cylinder. When it is time to refill your propane tank, there are many reasons to choose Franger Gas. In fact — you can save money every time you refill your propane tank at Franger Gas.

Exchanging cabinets at a nearby store might seem convenient. But you usually don’t get a full cylinder when you replace your tank at one of those cages. 

Refill your grill tank at Franger Gas to guarantee you get a full tank every time. You’ll also avoid flat rate fills. That means you pay only for the gas we put in your cylinder, which we measure by weight. 

For more information on re-certifying your propane tank, contact us!