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Be prepared for propane season

Buy early 

Buying your propane in the warmer months means paying lower prices. During the summer and early fall, demand for propane is lower which means prices usually are, too. Fill up now to avoid the high demand prices of the winter months.

Consider a budget plan

During the peak of the propane crisis in early 2014, many consumers struggled to pay the entire bill at one time. A new law signed by Governor Mark Dayton requires propane distributors to offer all customers a budget plan. This includes individuals that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP). 

The propane distributor must also notify its customers on a budget payment plan of price or fee changes that may affect the monthly amount by more than 20 percent. The propane distributor may, however, alter or terminate the plan if the customer fails to pay two monthly payments during the budget payment plan. Talk to your local service provider to see what options are available to you. 

Consumers can’t be turned away – Minnesota law requires propane distributors that have available supply to sell to a customer who pays by cash, receives LIHEAP or other government or private funds for that delivery. A propane distributor who accepts LIHEAP must provide consumers with information on what energy assistance is, and how to apply.  

Own a farm?

If your farm uses propane, consider buying your supply early and using a budget plan to avoid potential price increases or stressed propane supplies this fall and winter. Talk to your local propane provider to learn more about your purchasing and payment options. 

Explore your options

Many options exist to reduce demand on propane and other heating fuels. Consider exploring alternative, supplemental and renewable heating systems such as solar PV or solar thermal. 

When safe and possible, conserve fuel by turning down thermostat settings, closing off rooms or installing energy efficient appliances. Weatherizing your home by improving insulation and sealing drafty windows and doors can help reduce the amount of energy you need to heat your home. 

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