How Much Propane Gas Do You Need To Fuel Your Home

Posted by Chris Kauffman
| January 2016

Average propane usage for your propane appliances

Considering switching to propane? Wondering how much propane you will need to heat your home for the winter? Break down the estimated cost based on the appliances you use.

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How much propane average homes use & cost of average propane usage

This table breaks down the rough average usage of a family home. With propane in 2015 averaging about $2.60 / gallon, the average household can expect to spend about $3,619 on their propane costs each year.

Appliance Average Yearly Usage
(in gallons)
Average Yearly Cost
(based on 2015 average price of $2.60)
Propane Furnace 1000 $2,600
Hot Water Heater 250 $650
Propane Fireplace 200 $520
Propane Stove Ranges 35 $91
Propane Clothes Dryers 20 $52
Total Estimated Yearly Cost   $3,619


How much propane do furnaces and fireplaces use

Furnaces, hot water heaters, and gas fireplaces use the most propane in your home. Here’s how much propane they use. 

  • Furnaces.  Typical 100,000 btu home furnaces use approximately 1-gallon-per-hour or 500-1,200 gallons per year 
  • Hot water heaters – Depending on how many bathrooms and people you have in your home, hot water heating with propane uses  about 1.5 gallons per day. Expect to use 200-300 gallons per year.

Budget Plans: Propane bills don’t have to break the bank

Ask your propane gas supplier if they have a payment plan for propane gas so you can budget the yearly cost of propane. Your heating costs don’t have to hit you all at once! 

How you can keep your propane costs down  

Estimating how much propane your family will use yearly can help you make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing propane. Keep your propane costs down by: 

  • Buying the right size propane tank for your home. If your tank is too small, you’ll have to fill up more often. Buying a larger tank can help you control costs through less frequent fill ups. 
  • Pre-buying propane when prices are low. Filling up your tank before the cold weather sets in will help you avoid seasonal price spikes. 
  • Buying energy efficient appliances. Upgrading your hot water heater or 

Ask your propane company to help you estimate your usage

What size propane tank you need for your home depends on your usage, as described above. Your propane company can make a recommendation on what size tank you need based on your lifestyle. 

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Chris Kauffman

About the Author

Chris Kauffman

Chris is the Vice President of Kauffman Gas. He is the fourth generation of Kauffmans involved in the daily operations of Kauffman Gas. He helps lead the team in delivering propane gas and top quality service to customers in Chester County, Lancaster County and parts of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.