Every year, in the early part of summer, my phone would ring and the caller was the company from which I buy propane. If I committed to a certain amount of gallons for the year, say 1000, I could “pre-buy” them at a reduced rate. The winters can get pretty cold, and the last year we have gone through roughly two tanks worth, or 1000 gallons. So I usually agreed to buy 1000 gallons at the reduced price. Every year, that price has increased. When I built this house nine years ago, a gallon of propane cost a buck.
I didn’t get “the call” this year. Finally, I called them:
“Good Morning, this Mack Farmer, customer #9426543, and I think I missed your call about “pre-buying” propane this year.”
“No Sir, you didn’t, we haven’t called our customers this year”
“Oh, okay, well can I still reserve my 1000 gallons?”
“Oh, yes Sir.”
“And what is my rate?”
“It’s $3.25 a gallon, Mr. Farmer.”
“Is there someone else I can speak with?”
$3.25 A GALLON. That’s what milk costs. If I use 1000 gallons this year, let’s see…..why that’s nearly a goddam fortune!
Three thousand plus dollars to heat this home for around 5 months. That, my loyal readers, is a losing strategy.
I decided to begin researching alternative means of heating/cooling this home. More later….