Propane in Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) propane users will find the following information useful as they look for the right propane company. It will help them compare data on energy consumption and spending, as well as the industry in Pennsylvania (PA). However, this information is not sufficient in making a decision and should not replace the need to request detailed quotes from different propane companies as you seek the best propane deal.

Propane usage and spending

The table below shows that in Pennsylvania (PA) people consume 617 gallons of propane on average every year (compared to the 464 national average). Yearly expenditure on propane in Pennsylvania (PA) is $1,388 on average (compared to $973 for the entire country), though homes using propane for heating spend $1,178 per year on this on average (national average: $957).[1] These figures show that propane is a popular source of energy among the inhabitants of Pennsylvania (PA).

 

Pennsylvania (PA)

US

Average propane price (2012-2013 winter season)

$2.897

$2.436

Propane usage per household (gallons)

617

464

Propane spending per household (dollars)

1,388

973

Propane spending per household on heating (dollars)

1,178

957

Electricity usage per household (kWh)

10,402

11,320

Electricity spending per household (dollars)

1,344

1,340

Electricity spending per household on heating (dollars)

284

222

Natural gas usage per household (thousand cubic feet)

71

66

Natural gas spending per household (dollars)

1,030

804

Natural gas spending per household on heating (dollars)

817

607

Average energy spending per household (dollars)

2,353

2,024

Average energy spending per household on heating (dollars)

884

N/A

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

Propane price

At $2.897 per gallon on average over the 2012/2013 winter season, people Pennsylvania (PA) pay slightly more than for propane than the national average ($2.436 per gallon). The reason for this is that Pennsylvania (PA) has slightly colder temperatures than the country as a whole (so people use more propane to heat their homes in winter) and that the state is not close to major propane supply sources, such as the Gulf Coast and the Midwest.

This price is not what you will be offered by different companies given that it represents an average. Only detailed quotes from propane dealers will enable you to compare what you might have to pay for propane. However, the propane price graph below should allow you to check whether company prices follow regional average trends.

Propane companies

There are Amerigas, Suburban Propane and Ferrellgas (the three largest propane companies in the country) offices in Pennsylvania (PA). Other companies also have locations in the state: Paraco Gas, Superior Plus Energy Services, Diversified Energy, Knowles LP Gas, Country Propane, and Eastern Propane are some examples. In all likelihood, there are also smaller, more local companies or cooperatives near your home.

The way to select the right propane company is first to make a list of propane companies in your area. When you have determined what you might need from your propane supplier, request detailed quotes from each company. Comparing what each company offers will enable you to decide on the single company that best answers your specific criteria.

The propane industry and regulations

The Pennsylvania (PA) Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is the industry’s resource when it comes to education, training, and networking. It is involved in government and legislative affairs on behalf of propane suppliers and provides important training programs to industry employees, especially in terms of safety. Similarly, propane activities in Pennsylvania (PA) are regulated by the Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act and the Pennsylvania (PA) Statutes, Chapter 13, Subchapter A: Liquefied petroleum gas.

 

[1] This figure is higher than average propane spending because some propane users do not use LP gas for heating and the consumption average factors this in.