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How to Compare Prices of LPG & Oil Fuels

Updated February 21, 2017

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and oil fuels are used in heating homes and running automobiles. But, comparing the availability and peculiarities of these two fuel types shows pricing differences that may influence choosing one over the other.

Wholesale Prices

Wholesale prices tell you how much retailers, such as gas stations, are paying for LPG and oil fuels. When you compare these prices you get an idea of how much the retailer marks up his product and thus insight into how much profit he may be making.

Consumer Prices

Comparing consumer prices, however, is perhaps more important since you'll pay these prices when buying the fuel. The U.S. Energy Information Administration issues a weekly report comparing LPG and oil fuel prices across the United States. Having this information can help you see pricing patterns and aid you in making a fuel budget.

Total Operating Costs

Total operating cost involves looking at what else you'll pay for in addition to the fuel. For example, if you choose an automobile that runs on LPG instead of gasoline, you'll need a heavier-duty and costlier fuel tank since LPG must be stored at a higher pressure.

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Aaron Charles began writing about "pragmatic art" in 2006 for an online arts journal based in Minneapolis, Minn. After working for telecom giant Comcast and traveling to Oregon, he's written business and technology articles for both online and print publications, including Salon.com and "The Portland Upside."