I have propane for cooking, and as my main method of heating. I have a large tank, which is about a 400 litre capacity, and on average it was costing me about three to four hundred dollars to have it filled during the course of a year. However, my last fill-up, I had what you could call “sticker shock,” when the delivery driver gave me the receipt. When I looked at it, I thought maybe I had way less fuel than what the gauge was indicating, but no, the price has risen to just about a dollar per litre, or fifteen cents more than from my last fill up back in March of 2013.
I dug into my pile of receipts to compare the costs of all the fill-ups I had from the past, to what the new rate is on my fill-up. The break down is, from my very first fill-up, compared to this last fill-up, the price of propane in just 14 months had jumped by nearly fifty percent!
Here is a thumbnail sketch of the price increases on my bills:
- July 2012 – 0.5470 per litre
- April 2013 – 0.8137 per litre
- November 2013 – 0.9816 per litre
So this jump of 0.43 cents per litre has really put a strain no my budgeting as I was betting on paying the April 2013 rate for the next while longer. I was not foreseeing a $0.17 increase in my budget.
Now this puts electricity back into the most fordable method of heating in my area, the Southern British Columbia/Fraser Valley. In fact, comparing my electric bills, I am seeing my costs at around $30.00 during the summer, and $120.00 during the winter months, using electric heat devices. As long as I stay around the 1100Kw/hr threshold, my electric stays in the lower tier on electric company’s dual rate scheme.
So the bottom line is, using fossil fuels for heating your is more costly than electric. Here in British Columbia, our electric utility company in the Vancouver Metro area sells both the electric and Natural gas into one lump sum, making the price comparison between the two very difficult. I have friends who just shut their Gas off, and are now only on electric because the costs were just to much.
Nothing beats a high efficiency wood furnace. We have lots of trees here, and with a good weekend of cutting and chopping wood, a couple of Cords could last the whole winter just for heat. I like to think of wood as Carbon Neutral, and heating with fossil fuel as adding carbon into the air. Tell that to my government–they will just roll their eyes.
When I get my propane bill, and it comes time to pay it, I will be raising some concerns with them about these sharp increases in costs!