Ask Joe: Cost of propane deliveries

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 2/04/2014 6:44 pm
From the Ask Joe file we have a question from a viewer about energy costs, specifically propane.   It's taking a big chunk out of our viewer's monthly budget.
Betty out in Wellington wrote in asking why Amerigas requires that she spend $500 every time she has her propane tank filled?   Her question is why can't she buy propane in smaller increments so she's not out so much money?

I checked with Amerigas about this.  They say they are the largest of supplier of propane in our area.   They told me they do have a  minimum which is 100 gallons per delivery and that costs about $500.  If they delivered less than that the company says it would cost them too much to be making all of those deliveries and they wouldn't be able to cover their costs.
So that's their business decision and obviously they have to do what's best for them.
There may be some help out there however. The company referred me to the state's Energy Assistance Program.
This is a program that helps low income residents by paying part of their energy bills every month.  You have to fill out an application and you can do that by calling them at 684-0731.  Their office is located in Carson City.   If you qualify, the progam will pay a percentage of your energy
I talked to them today they were very nice and very helpful.  So Betty, it might a good option for you or your neighbors in Wellington.

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Ed Powell - 6/2/2014 3:57 PM
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I was looking for an improvement to the rather remarkable $4.61/gal charged by Suburban last winter. It seems most of the "big guys"- Suburban; Amerigas; Ferrellgas; Bi-State- operate in similar ways (and may even be owned by the same corporations!). I was referred to an "independent" supplier and it was a whole different world! The referral was to Comstock Propane 775-626-2558 ( They weren't able to supply me in California, but referred me to another independent- High Sierra Gas. Again, they were a whole different world. Simple, much less expensive. The challenge with the independents is just finding them in the first place- that's the reason for this post/comment. Best wishes. Ed Chilcoot

Kramer - 2/5/2014 5:48 PM
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there is a lot of cold weather Back East and even higher rates (double!) have been in the news lately. NV ain't in a vacuum, oil and gas are big busine$$.

Heather - 2/5/2014 8:44 AM
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I wanted to share that Ferrell gas is now providing residential service. You might try calling them to see if they service your area yet, and see if they can offer you a better price.(775) 331-1313 I too am with Amerigas. My last fill up in December 2013, for 200 gallons, was a total cost of $885! That comes out to $4.05/gallon. In January 2013 my fill up came out to $3.09/gallon. They have definitely increased their rates. It is much more expensive in winter than during summer months. The Lahontan Market in Silver Springs fills smaller propane tanks for under $2.50/gallon; I wish I could fill my home propane tank from there! Take care and stay warm!

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