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How Long Does A 500-Gallon Propane Tank Last?

Learn More About Propane Usage And How Long A Fill-up Might Last

propane usage pennsylvaniaLet’s jump right into it! Say you have a 500-gallon propane tank at your house. So does your neighbor. Your homes are of similar size. However, you notice she’s not getting propane delivered as frequently as you do.

What gives?

It’s far from one-size-fits-all when it comes to propane tanks. What size you need is an individual decision based on your life and your expected propane usage.

And don’t worry—the propane experts at ProGas can help you with that! We’ll cover a lot of ground in our discussion with you when it comes to your propane usage, including the size and age of your home, how much insulation you have, how old and well-maintained is your heating system, what you will use propane for in your home, and if you plan to add more propane appliances or expand your residence in the near future.

We take all that information and use it to make sure you get the right size of propane tank for your home. And with Keep Full automatic propane delivery PLUS wireless propane tank monitoring, you can be assured that you will always have the propane you need when you need it!

How Much Propane Do Appliances Use?

How much energy is generated by each gallon of propane is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). One BTU is the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water 1˚ Fahrenheit. Here are some averages for common propane appliances, and how that translates into about how much propane they use each day.

Furnace: 200,000 BTU/hour or 1 gallon/hour
Tankless water heater: 40,000 BTU/hour or 1.5 gallons per day
Cooktop or range: 65,000 BTU/hour or 5 to 10 gallons per month
Fireplace with ceramic logs: 26,000 BTU/hour or 1 gallon every three hours
Clothes dryer: 35,000 BTU/hour or less than one gallon per day
Pool heater: 425,000 BTU/hour or 4 gallons/hour

How Do You Use Propane?

The answer to that question is one likely reason you and your neighbor don’t get deliveries at the same rate.

Let’s say you and your neighbor both use propane for heating and water heating. But you also use propane for cooking, clothes drying, and your fireplace. Your propane usage each month could be 60 gallons (or greater) more than your neighbor’s! Spread that out over a couple of months, especially in heating season, and you’ll need more frequent propane deliveries.

How many people are in the house also affects propane usage. If you have teenagers, you’re likely using more propane for water heating and cooking than someone who lives alone or with one other adult.

Become a ProGas customer for reliable, safe propane delivery! We’d love to have you join our family of customers. We take great pride in delivering great service to our friends and neighbors in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia!