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Understanding What Affects Fuel Prices and How to Find the Best Deal

cost of propane arizonaIncreasing expenses have been an aggravating, often painful, fact of life this year. With inflation at its highest point in 40 years, stubborn supply chain issues, and global conflicts disrupting energy markets have nearly everything costing a bit more right now.

We understand that homeowners in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona want to find the best deal. And with winter right around the corner, propane for home heating and appliances is top of mind for many people.

Here are some things to consider as you look for the best price on propane:

What Affects the Price of Propane?

Several factors impact the price you pay for propane, including:

What Service Do You Sacrifice by Choosing a “Cheaper” Propane Company?

Let’s be candid—any company can discount propane, and a lot of cash-on-delivery (C.O.D.) discounters make big promises about their low prices. What they don’t tell you is that you’re giving up a lot for the lower price. With a C.O.D. discounter, you don’t get:

Perhaps most significantly, C.O.D. discounters may not be able to offer payment programs that will lower your bills …

Can Your Propane Provider Lower Your Monthly Bills?

Choosing a full-service fuel company like Superior Propane Inc. lets you take advantage of pricing and payment options that can significantly lower what you pay for your propane each month. We offer the following cost-saving programs:

We can give you the best value for your fuel dollar at Superior Propane Inc! Reach out to us to become a customer today.

Affordable, Versatile, Efficient, and Green—Propane Has It All!

propane delivery arizonaYou might have recently noticed that more and more of your neighbors in northern Arizona have propane tanks on their properties. You aren’t imagining this—roughly 50 million American households now use propane in some capacity.

And there are good reasons for this. Propane is clean, versatile, domestically made and environmentally friendly. Here are five significant benefits of choosing propane for your home.

1. Propane is a Cost-Effective Fuel Source

Using propane for heating and other household purposes is less expensive than other fuels. Consider these facts:

2. Propane is American Produced

Pretty much all the propane in this country is extracted and produced domestically. The U.S. exports more propane than we use!

While propane isn’t totally insulated from global energy disruptions, it’s less susceptible to price surges than other fuels. There’s enough propane to fulfill America’s demands well into the next century, thanks to an ample and increasing supply.

3. Propane is a Cleaner, Greener Form of Energy

Propane is listed as a clean fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and Energy Policy of 1992. Burning it releases fewer carbon emissions than all other common home fuels besides natural gas. And the main component of natural gas, methane, is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping and holding heat in the atmosphere. By comparison, propane is methane-free!

Propane is also non-toxic and non-poisonous. Even if it leaks, it won’t create an environmental hazard.

And propane is becoming even greener with the emergence of renewable propane. While molecularly identical to conventional propane, renewable propane is made from animal oils, vegetable oils, biomass and plant matter.

4. Propane is Adaptable and Versatile

It’s astonishing how many uses you can find for propane in the average home. The propane tank on your property can cleanly and efficiently power:

5. Propane is the Fuel that YOU Control!

Homes that rely on electricity and natural gas for their heat and hot water are at the mercy of utility and power grid infrastructure that is overburdened and poorly maintained. When a gas line ruptures or the grid goes down, their home comfort is totally out of commission.

Conversely, propane-powered households control their own fuel. Their storage tank contains all the fuel you need to power heating systems and home appliances. A trusted partner like Superior Propane Inc. can ensure you always get your propane delivery promptly.

And if you have a propane generator on your property, you can enjoy total confidence that your home will stay powered even when the grid goes down!

The team at Superior Propane Inc. is ready to deliver the fuel you need when you need it. Join our family of customers!

Understanding the Costs & Expenses of A Hot Water System Upgrade

water heaters arizonaOn average, a tank water heater lasts between eight and 12 years. Of course, as time goes on, it starts to lose efficiency. That means shorter showers and longer waits while your tap warms up. Unfortunately, an older, inefficient water heater also means you’re likely using too much energy for not enough hot water.

If your water heater is getting up in years and showing its age, it’s a good idea to be proactive in replacing it. You could end up without hot water while we secure a replacement appliance if your current system breaks down. In an age of stubborn supply chain woes, any home comfort equipment can take time to arrive.

Here are some warning signs that your water heater is nearing retirement:

While a new water heater is less expensive than, say, a boiler or furnace, it can nonetheless run to more than $2,000. Here are some things to bear in mind when planning to replace your water heater.

How Old is Your Current Water Heater?

Hot water comprises roughly 18 percent of an average home’s energy usage. If you have an old, poorly functioning water heater, you’re likely using a lot more fuel than necessary to take showers, wash clothes and scrub dishes. While a new water heater might be pricy, you’ll start making back the cost of your new appliance with lowered energy costs.

If your old water heater is electric, it also makes sense to switch to propane. Propane water heaters cost up to 30 percent less to run than electric models! That benefit is even higher with a tankless model, which begs the question …

…Is It Time to Go Tankless?

More and more northern Arizona families are choosing to install propane tankless water heater systems. Tankless water heaters use a powerful propane flame to heat water when a sensor tells them that a hot water tap has opened. When you close a faucet, the flame goes out.

How does this save you money on energy? A water heater tank holds up to 120 gallons; this water is heated even if you’re not in the shower or running a load of laundry. This standby heat loss wastes a lot of fuel, but it’s eliminated with a tankless model. Instead, you get virtually unlimited hot water exactly when you need it!

Consumer Reports crunched the numbers and determined that propane tankless water heaters are roughly 22 percent more efficient than tank models.

How Much Can You Save On Water Heater Installation?

Are you concerned about the upfront cost of upgrading your water heater? At Superior Propane, we understand and want to help you minimize that expense. We will help you qualify for all applicable rebates from the Arizona Propane Gas Association and leading water heater manufacturers like Rinnai.

These rebates are subject to change and limited by availability, but they have the potential to save you hundreds of dollars on your new appliance! Contact our team of propane and home water heating experts for a no-fee estimate or more information.

Tank Monitors Put Fuel Supply Information Right at Your Fingertips!

propane delivery arizonaPropane is an incredibly versatile fuel. It can power your home heating, grill, dryer, water heater, and many other useful home appliances and products. This is a definite benefit of propane, but it also means that you need to keep a close eye on your tank levels!

A whole host of systems and appliances will be affected if you run out of propane. You might not be able to enjoy a hot shower or cook dinner until we set up an emergency propane delivery. Plus, you’re required to have a leak test performed before we can restart your system.

With this in mind, let’s discuss how you can check the fuel level on your propane tank—and how Superior Propane Inc. can make tracking your propane supply even easier.

Checking Your Propane Tank Gauge

The propane tanks we sell, lease, install, and service have gauges you can use to determine how much fuel you have. The gauge has numbers from 0 to 95, indicating the percentage of the tank containing propane (NOT the number of gallons in the tank).

The gauge will never read much higher than 80 because propane tanks aren’t filled to more than 80 percent of their capacity. This is done as a safety measure to account for propane expanding and contracting with temperature fluctuations.

Our Anova Tank Monitors Offer Maximum Peace of Mind

Here’s the problem—often, the moments when you most need to confirm how much propane you have are the moments when you least want to venture outside, like during a windstorm or a sub-freezing January night.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know your propane tank levels without leaving your home? With Anova wireless propane tank monitoring, you can!

In a matter of minutes, Superior Propane Inc. can attach and activate a monitor to your tank. It will track exactly how much propane you have and transmit this data to us—and you—using wireless and cellular technology.

You can check your tank levels with a mobile app. That means, whether you’re sitting on your sofa or sipping a cocktail on a tropical vacation, you’ll know how much propane is in your tank so there’s never any worry.

If you use our Keep Full automatic delivery service, we can use your monitor data to know precisely when to schedule a propane delivery. You can be sure that you’ll never run out of fuel! If you prefer Will-Call delivery, the monitor will send you an alert through the wireless app when it’s time to call for a delivery. It can’t get any easier than that!

Do you want the total confidence that our wireless monitoring service provides? Get in touch with Superior Propane Inc., and we’ll help you get setup in a matter of minutes.

4 Ways to Keep Your Propane-Powered Cookout Safe & Fun

grill safety arizonaWhether in the sweltering height of summer or the refreshing early days of autumn, families in northern Arizona love to grill out. And nothing makes a barbecue sizzle quite like propane!

Propane offers no-stress flames, superior temperature control, and odor-free cooking that lets the taste of your food and seasoning shine through. Unlike charcoal, there’s no dousing of embers or messy clean-up when you’re finished cooking.

If you’re one of the 61 percent of U.S grill owners who use propane, Superior Propane Inc. has you covered. We supply 11 propane refill stations throughout the greater Flagstaff, Williams, Prescott and Sedona region. You can find one near you!

We also want you to stay safe during your cookouts. Here are four essential tips to avoid hazards while working your propane grill:

1. Keep Your Grill on Level Ground and Separated

It’s never safe to have your barbecue on unstable or unlevel ground. You should also ensure it’s in an open-air environment where carbon monoxide won’t accumulate.

Finally, ensure that your grill is several feet away from the siding of your home and anything that could ignite from its flames, like trees, shrubs, or fences.

2. Leak Test Your Propane Cylinder and Connection.

It’s easy to perform a leak test at home, and it’s vital for a safe grilling environment. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Spray your cylinder, hose and connections with a leak-detecting solution or soapy water.
  2. Open the cylinder valve.
  3. If you see bubbles, tighten your fittings and rerun the test.
  4. If you still see bubbles, the cylinder, tubes or connections will need to be replaced or repaired.

3. Be Careful Transporting and Storing Cylinders

Propane is relatively easy to transport and store, but you need to be careful in how you transport and store cylinders. Refill or exchange your cylinder right before heading home so you don’t leave them in a hot vehicle. Make sure the cylinder is braced correctly in your truck bed or backseat. Don’t let it roll around. If the cylinder is inside your car, keep windows open for ventilation.
Finally, whether transporting or storing cylinders—and regardless of whether they’re empty or filled—keep them upright. Store additional cylinders away from your grill and other flame or spark-producing appliances.

4. NEVER Leave a Lit Grill Unattended!

Before you light the grill, confirm you have everything you need, including utensils, plates, sauces, and a glass of lemonade. Once you start cooking, stay close to attend to flare-ups or other safety concerns. And importantly—you should never allow children to play around your barbecue at any time.

Superior Propane Inc. can help you supercharge your outdoor fun with a variety of propane-powered products. To get started, drop us a line today.

Learn How Propane Can Fuel On-Road Vehicles

propane autogas arizonaIn Flagstaff and throughout northern Arizona, many buses and other vehicles don’t rely on gasoline or diesel to run. Instead, they’re burning propane autogas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas or LPG.

While LPG can describe propane in many uses, you can use it synonymously with the term autogas to describe propane that fuels vehicles. Propane autogas/LPG represents a vital and exciting alternative fuel that is US-made and exceptionally clean burning.

What Exactly is Autogas?

Simply put, autogas or LPG can power light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles. It’s actually been doing this for years! Some of the kinds of vehicles that use our autogas include:

The U.S. Department of Energy dictates that LPG for vehicles be composed of at least 90 percent propane, with other components being propylene, butane, and butylene. Vehicles generally receive autogas via a quick-release “Type K15” dispenser connector, so you don’t need protective gloves or goggles to fill up.

What are the Benefits of Using Autogas vs. Gasoline?

Propane is a U.S.-made natural co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. In fact, the U.S. exports more propane than it uses. And no new wells need to be dug to extract propane!
Environmentally, LPG is a vast improvement over both gasoline and diesel fuel, too. Consider these facts:

Autogas significantly reduces the carbon intensity of on-road vehicles and lowers their contribution to acid rain. As importantly, reductions in NOx and SOx make the air around them safer for adults and children with asthma and other respiratory conditions. When thinking about school buses, this is crucial!

Here’s another big advantage that LPG has over diesel and gasoline. It’s totally non-toxic, so unlike those other fuels, it will not harm soil or water if there’s a leak.

Looking into local, reliable suppliers for autogas or autogas-oriented services? Superior Propane Inc. can set up an autogas filling station right on your business site—no matter where you’re located in the Grand Canyon State! We also offer fast, friendly delivery too. Want to learn more? Give us a call today!

Propane is Eco-Friendly Today…and Only Getting Cleaner!

renewable propane arizonaAs we look for ways to reduce and, ultimately, reverse the harmful effects of climate change, it’s essential to consider the fuel we burn to keep our homes warm, and our appliances powered. There are many opinions out there about the best way to decarbonize. Some push for full “electrification” of all home heating and appliances, but this ignores the incredible strides traditional fuels like propane have made.

Propane is already one of the most eco-friendly fuels out there—and industry research and development is making it even cleaner!

Propane is Already Clean-Burning & Efficient

Propane is a co-product of natural gas and crude oil extraction. No new wells need to be dug to extract propane. Almost all the propane you use is produced right here in the United States— in fact, the U.S. exports more propane than we use!

Conventional propane is both energy-efficient and clean-burning. When used in modern heating equipment, it reaches over 90 percent efficiency. Almost no heat energy is lost out of your chimney and into the atmosphere. Propane releases less carbon dioxide than any other major fuel besides natural gas. Better still, propane contains virtually no particulate matter—a known carcinogen—and is wholly non-toxic.

Renewable Propane is Even Less Carbon-Intensive

Today, researchers and producers are working to make propane even cleaner. The result is renewable propane.

Renewable propane is molecularly identical to conventional propane, but it’s produced using a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials, including agricultural waste products, cooking oil and meat fats. In many cases, it’s made as a co-product of the biodiesel used in sustainable home heating oil.

Renewable propane has one-half to one-quarter the carbon intensity of conventional propane. Its production has an incredibly low carbon intensity, and it diverts landfill waste that would otherwise be releasing carbon into the atmosphere. Indeed, it’s carbon neutral at the point of combustion, releasing no new carbon into the atmosphere.

And the incorporation of the biogas dimethyl ether, or DME, can potentially create negative carbon intensity for renewable propane. Even though production is just over 200,000 tons per year (less than 1% of total propane production), it’s growing every year. Major corporations like U-Haul are investing in it!

Superior Propane Inc. is proud to keep homes comfortable and safe throughout northern Arizona with reliable supply and delivery of clean, green propane gas. Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your home or local business.

Grills, Pool Heaters, and More…Outdoor Living Runs on Propane!

propane appliances arizonaIf you’re like us, you’ve been enjoying some beautiful summer weather here in Northern Arizona. Our team members have been taking advantage of the longer daylight and mild nights to host cookouts and spend quality time with friends and family.

Which leads us to ask…could your home’s outdoor space use an upgrade? We recommend you check out some of the excellent propane-powered outdoor living appliances that your northern Arizona neighbors use these days! Our team of expert technicians can connect any of these products to your home’s propane storage tank and make sure you’re ready to entertain in no time. We may even be able to get you a great rebate, too.

Here are a few popular propane-fired items for your outdoor space.

Propane Grills

From portable and freestanding models to built-in barbecues with all the bells and whistles, most American grills use propane to operate. Propane’s efficient, clean-burning performance guarantees ease of use, temperature control and convenience—with virtually no clean-up afterward. It’s a no-brainer investment if BBQs are on your to-do list!

Outdoor Firepits

Want to turn your yard into a social destination for your family and pals? Nothing creates nighttime ambiance like a cozy firepit. Unlike wood-burning pits, you can light it with the push of a button, and you don’t have to sift or embers or clean up an ashy mess afterward.

Outdoor Space Heaters

Are your al fresco meals getting cut short by a chill in the evening air? With a propane-powered deck or patio heater, you can have a leisurely dessert course and hang out as long as you’d like with sufficient comfort.

Pool Heaters

A pool boosts your quality of life and the value of your property. But you aren’t getting the best out of your pool if it’s not heated. Propane pool heaters are more efficient than electric models. They will help keep your water temperature perfect, day or night—and well into the autumn season.

Propane Lighting

Propane lights can illuminate your patio, walkways, pool, or front entrance with charm and eco-friendly efficiency. You can light your outdoor spaces from wall mounts, poles, or suspended fixtures. Your evenings will be well lit and elegantly accented.

Insect Traps

Put an end to pesky mosquitoes ruining your barbecue. A propane trap safely and effectively stops them by attracting them with moisture and snaring them.

At Superior Propane Inc., we have a lot of experience setting up and connecting propane appliances, indoors and out. If you need advice or assistance setting up a new product, drop us a line today. And if you’ve recently purchased a new propane appliance, we may be able to get you a great rebate! Give us a call to learn more.

Propane Has More Names Than You Might Think!

what is propane arizona

Propane is one of the most energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and multi-purpose fuels your can use. Whether you’re powering a home heating system, water heater, cooking range, or grill, propane is an excellent choice. Just as propane has many uses around the home, it also has many names.

With that in mind, we want to provide a rundown of propane’s names, so you won’t be confused when shopping for it.

What does “Liquefied Petroleum Gas” mean?

First, let’s provide a little primer on what propane is.

Propane is a co-product of crude oil and natural gas extraction. It’s extracted from the same wells as those products. Propane can be either a liquid or a gas. The propane in your grill’s cylinder or your home’s tank is under pressure as a liquid. When that pressure is relieved, the propane vaporizes, and the equipment in your home can burn it.

Therefore, propane is sometimes called liquefied petroleum gas. It’s also called LP Gas or LPG, for short. These are terms you’d more commonly hear when talking to a gas company or retailer.

Terms for Propane You’ll Hear Outside of the U.S.

In other countries, propane is sometimes mixed with butane, another co-product of natural gas and oil extraction. Butane has similar properties to propane but also a higher boiling point. So, outside the U.S., people sometimes use propane and butane interchangeably.

In Italy and France, you might hear the acronym GPL, meaning gas di petrolio liquefatto or gaz de petrole liquefied.

Propane at Your Typical Home Improvement or Big Box Store

Here are some names you might hear from a home store, camping supplier or hardware store. Some people use the term “gas bottle” when referring to smaller propane containers that attach to portable grills or other small appliances. You might also hear BBQ gas referring to the traditional 20lb. propane cylinder you attach to a grill to cook.

Propane for Vehicle Usage

Autogas is propane that’s burned in a vehicle instead of diesel. The use of autogas is expanding in the U.S., which is excellent news. Autogas releases significantly less nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide than diesel. This helps reduce acid rain and lessen respiratory illnesses.

By any name, propane is a fantastic fuel to heat your home and power your appliances. At Superior Propane Inc., we want to supply propane to your Arizona home. Become a customer today and let us show you all the ways we can help.

Finding Affordable, Reliable Propane Cylinders

grill tank refill arizonaEven if your home heating and appliances aren’t powered by propane, there’s a good chance you use a portable tank or cylinder to fuel your grill, RV, firepit, or spa. In so many ways, summer fun runs on clean-burning, versatile, energy-efficient propane!

You don’t have to be a Superior Propane, Inc. delivery customer to take advantage of the top-tier fuel we offer. If you’re a resident of northern Arizona, we have grill tank and cylinder fueling solutions near you!

Propane Tank Refills Near You

Superior Propane supplies cylinder refill stations throughout the Williams and Flagstaff area…and beyond. You can find the closest location to your home here:

Take your cylinder to one of these stations to fill it with the same high-quality product that we proudly deliver to homes in the region!

When you fill your portable propane tank or cylinder at one of our tank refills stations, your propane will be less expensive than exchanging it for a new one.

Propane Cylinder Best Practices

One of the many benefits of propane is how easy it is to store and transport. That’s why it’s the fuel of choice for most home grillers. Even so, it’s crucial to be safe with your propane cylinder.

If your cylinder is damaged or leaking, you should immediately exchange it for a new one.

Superior Propane, Inc. is the most trusted provider of propane and home comfort equipment in the region. Contact us to become a customer today. We’re ready to serve your household!