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Understanding Your Needs

Propane heat offers comfort and warmth for you and your family during the colder months. When figuring out the next steps in your propane tank selection, consider factors such as the size of your home, the number of propane appliances inside your home, and your average propane consumption. At Shipley Energy, we are here to guide you throughout the process. Keep reading to get an idea of what your needs are before selecting which propane tank type will work best for you.



Both above-ground and below-ground tanks come in various sizes, from small 20-pound tanks for grilling to 1,000-gallon tanks to fuel large homes. Having a good idea of what you are going to be using your heating supply for will predict what size of propane tank you will need to buy. Questions on tank size? We can help! Call us at 717-356-3624.


Knowing the best placement for your propane tank is key when deciding on where your propane tank should live. When you choose Shipley Energy, know that we will help you locate the best area of your property based on regulations in your area.

Environmental Factors 

Today’s propane furnaces are 90-98% efficient – meaning they consume most of the power in the combustion process and produce fewer emissions. If being environmentally conscious is important to you, consider going with propane. 

Propane or Heating Oil? 

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While heating oil is a good heat source, propane has up to 43% fewer greenhouse gases than switching to electric heat. Cleanliness is also a factor in which many homeowners make the switch. When you use propane, you will have no more dirty soot in your air and walls or oil smell in your basement. This is a significant benefit when deciding which fuel suits your needs. If you are unsure which fuel type best suits your home heating needs, call us at 717-356-3624, and we will walk you through it.

Pricing Options

Several things affect the market price of propane in PA and MD. The most significant is the price of crude oil — crude oil is the main ingredient in propane refining, and if the cost to purchase it is high, the cost of propane will reflect that.

The other major factor is supply and demand. As a commodity with a finite supply, an intense market for propane — particularly in the winter when homes use it for heating — leads to higher prices. Conversely, prices tend to be lower when propane is less in demand in the summer.

Finally, the last major factor affecting the price of propane in PA and MD is transportation and delivery, which the supplier sets.

Looking for a propane tank supplier in your area?

Shipley Energy offers many high-quality fuel storage tanks to fit your needs. Learn more about what we can do to help you, and contact us today to discuss the best option for your home.

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No two homes are alike. That’s why we offer several pricing options so you can choose the one that best fits your household’s needs.

Find the right propane pricing option for you:

  • Market Price – We can deliver propane on a per-gallon basis that reflects the current market price.
  • Pre-Buy Price – Lock in a guaranteed fixed rate for one heating season.

Cap Price (Your Best Value) – As propane prices fall, so does your bill. If propane prices rise, your cost will never exceed your capped rate, protecting you from market spikes.

  • LIHEAP Grants – Low-Income Home Energy Assistance helps families pay their propane bills by offering cash and crisis grants. To qualify, apply for LIHEAP and select Shipley Energy as your propane provider.

We’re not just energy providers but partners on your home comfort journey. Our team is here to offer expert advice to help you meet the demands of your home. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our dedicated professionals at 717.896.1907 to get started today!

Thank you for reading chapter 4 of our propane homeowner’s guide! If you would like to learn more feel free to read our other chapters.

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