Living in the country is a wonderful experience until you run out of propane. Many people new to rural life are apprehensive about buying, storing and monitoring liquid propane gas (LPG) tanks. While propane is safe when properly used and stored, it can be difficult to keep track of LPG levels as winter progresses. Today's LPG tanks can be fit with technology to help better display LPG levels and even alert you when they get low.
- Skill level:
Locate the LPG tank that supplies your home. Some are buried, others sit above ground on legs. The tank will have a lid that will open to reveal a gauge that shows the level of LPG remaining in the tank. It should also have a label showing the size of the tank.
Look at the gauge. Most gauges show the percentage of gas remaining. Multiply the size of the tank by the percentage of gas remaining to determine how many gallons of gas are in the tank. Look for a gauge with a readout that does not exceed 100; your tank may also be equipped with a pressure gauge that may go as high as 300.
Check the gauge regularly. Record the amount of LPG each time. This will give you an idea of how much gas you are using. Newer gauges are available that provide a remote readout that you can check from inside your home. However, digital gauges may be unreliable if your tank is very low, so be sure to double-check the information with the gauge on the tank.
Tips and warnings
- Always reorder gas when you have about 30 per cent remaining. Delays in delivery could cause you to run out of propane.
- The best time to buy propane is in the summer, when prices are lowest.
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