Propane in Florida (FL)

Are you looking to buy propane in Florida, rent a propane tank, switch propane companies or are you moving into a new house that runs on propane? Here is some information you may find useful on propane in Florida. Use the advice below bearing in mind that the figures we publish here are official averages and do not represent your specific situation. The best way to get an accurate estimate for whatever you need is to request quotes from propane companies in Florida and compare them.

Propane usage and prices

People in Florida do not use a lot of propane when compared to some of the colder states in the US. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the inhabitants of Florida use on average 271 gallons of propane each year (2009). This is almost half as much as the national average, which the US EIA places at 464 gallons of propane for 2009 on average. Interestingly, propane in Florida is quite a lot more expensive than in the rest of the country, however.

Although the US EIA does not publish official statistics for weekly propane prices over the winter season, from its 2009 data it is possible to work out that, compared to a US average of $2.00 per gallon, people in Florida paid $2.70 per gallon for propane.

Compared to other sources of energy, people in Florida seem to prefer electricity: as the data below illustrates, electricity usage in Florida is far higher than national averages, as probably takes precedence over propane. The same statement can be made about natural gas, where Florida usage is far below national averages.

 

Florida

US

Average propane price (2012-2013 winter season)

N/A

$2.436

Propane usage per household (gallons)

271

464

Propane spending per household (dollars)

753

973

Propane spending per household on heating (dollars)

899

957

Electricity usage per household (kWh)

14,858

11,320

Electricity spending per household (dollars)

1,900

1,340

Electricity spending per household on heating (dollars)

141

222

Natural gas usage per household (thousand cubic feet)

19

66

Natural gas spending per household (dollars)

387

804

Natural gas spending per household on heating (dollars)

273

607

Average energy spending per household (dollars)

2,020

2,024

Average energy spending per household on heating (dollars)

182

N/A

 

Propane and energy statistics, 2009 figures
Source: US Energy Information Administration

Propane companies

People in Florida can, like in all other states, have access to propane and services sold by the three top propane companies in the country: Amerigas, Suburban Propane and Ferrellgas have outlets in Florida. There is a substantial amount of other large propane companies in Florida, however: Paraco Gas and ThompsonGas are part of the US's largest propane companies, for example. There may also be smaller companies and cooperatives operating at a local level.

Choosing a propane company in Florida is no simple matter. A simple strategy is usually successful: think about what you need (pricing, propane, tanks, services, maintenance, etc.); check out the companies close to your home and request quotes with what you need from them; compare the quotes and decide on the best propane deal for your home in Florida.

The propane industry and regulations

The Florida Propane Gas Association, based in Tallahasee, is responsible for representing members of the propane industry in Florida. When looking around for a propane company, being a member of the Florida Propane Gas Association is a good thing, if only because it organizes important outreach and training activities, such as the Certified Employee Training Program, which is important in terms of company safety practices. Also, the industry's activities fall under the Florida Statutes, Title 33, Chapter 27, on the Sale of liquefied petroleum gas, if you need a legal reference.