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How Much Propane Might I Use In One Day?

Get familiar with just how much propane you might be using!

estimating propane use massachusettsYou and your South Shore neighbor may have similar-sized homes. However, they may use far more propane than you, or vice-versa. That’s because propane usage simply isn’t one-size-fits-all.

A lot of factors go into determining your propane usage. If you want to know how much propane you use on an average day to predict and manage your propane costs, realize that your propane usage can vary greatly depending on how you use propane in your home, the time of year, and multiple other variables.

Frank Lamparelli offers a few ways to help manage your propane usage and costs. You always get competitive and transparent propane pricing. Our monthly payment plan spreads your propane costs into equal monthly payments. You can cut your propane costs with our high-efficiency propane heating and water heating installation and service, too!

Calculating Your Propane Usage

Because you are unlikely to use all your propane appliances at full 100% capacity 24-hours a day, every day, the calculation below is for using them at 25% to 50% capacity for two to six hours per day.

The figures in this calculation show how much your propane usage varies from day to day, from 1.2 to 7.2 gallons each day. Remember that having guests or visiting relatives for a few days will cause increased usage, owing to greater use of hot water for laundry and bathing, as well as increased usage of your gas range for cooking. 

Don’t want to run through the arithmetic? Skip to the bottom of the post to see some average totals!

Otherwise, here’s an example:

220,000 BTU/hours (the total for all the appliances—water heater, home heating system, dishwasher, washing machine, gas cooktop) ÷ 91,547 BTU/gallon of propane = 2.4 gallons per hour

2.4 gallons x .25 (25 percent capacity) = .6 gallons per hour

.6 gallons x 2 hours = 1.2 gallons

This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:

25 percent capacity for 6 hours = 3.6 gallons per day

50 percent capacity for 2 hours = 2.4 gallons per day

50 percent capacity for 6 hours 7.2 gallons per day

In summer, a propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75% capacity would add about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:

425,000 BTU/hour ÷ 91,547 = 4.64 gallons/hour

4.65 x .75 = 3.48 gallons

Because propane pool heaters consume a lot of propane, we recommend utilizing a pool cover when the pool isn’t in use to help keep as much of the heat in the pool as possible.

Because you can’t predict if—or when—you’ll be using it, a propane generator can additionally impact your propane usage calculations.

Propane Usage Based on Household Square Footage

1,000 square feet will use an average of 440 gallons on an annual basis.

1,500 square feet will use an average of 670 gallons each year.

2,000 square feet will consume up to 900 gallons on an annual basis.

With 3,000 square feet or more, you can expect to use 1300+ gallons or more per year.

Propane Usage Based on Appliance Type

A furnace will typically use up to 1,000 gallons a year.

Your hot water heater will use an average of 300-350 gallons per year.

You can expect a gas fireplace to go through about 200 gallons annually— depending on use and weather patterns.

Propane stoves use about 60-75 gallons on average annually.

A clothes dryer will average around 30-50 gallons annually.

Again—It’s important to remember that the statistics above will vary to some degree, depending on how much—or how often—you use your appliances and how many people are in your current household.

No matter how much fuel you use, you can enjoy the benefits of efficient propane in your home with Frank Lamparelli! Contact us today to get started on adding a new propane-powered appliance, or to have us take care of your installation, service, and repair needs—fast!