Shocking Safety Measures
Aug 24, 2020
When most Americans are questioned about what factors they consider to be important relating to their decision on which propane company to choose, there are typically 4 main drivers that dictate their choice.
2. Referrals from friends or family
The first decision factor, safety, is what I’d like to go into more detail about. Generally, safety conflicts with price by lengthening total time per site to ensure proper connection is established and requiring additional parts and/or materials per tank set. A dielectric union is a prime example of one of those parts. While it doesn’t increase the length of the job time by much, it is an additional piece of equipment needed for safe connection that costs money.
This is the big national companies’ preferred method. They swallow up local businesses, cut their labor force to outsource as many jobs to their headquarters as possible and raise prices by having a stronger influence in the area.
This is our preferred method where we utilize industry-leading technologies to help lower the bottom line. Some examples of how we are able to achieve this are: efficient delivery routing, strategic bulk plant placements, risk/reward management within supply purchases and maximizing the efficiency per trip.
This is another way big national companies prefer to make money. This is the easiest of the 4 to accomplish because it’s as simple as offering new customers very low rates to acquire as many as possible while raising prices of existing customers to maintain their profit margin. A new customer could get locked in for a year at $1.199/gallon while they charge their current customer of 10 years $1.699. That’s how they reward loyalty, by slowly creeping up their current customers’ price per gallon until they’re fed up and switch. Their main objective is to consistently take on more customers than they lose.
This is the preferred method the smaller, shady companies choose to lower their costs and raise their profit margin. This is by far the worst option that a company can choose. It’s one thing to overcharge loyal customers but putting their lives at risk is totally unacceptable.
The picture above shows the difference between a brand new dielectric union and one that sustained a lightning strike!
Instances like these don’t happen very often, but it’s always best to be prepared for when they do. If you’re not currently a customer of ours and you purchase your propane from a different company, be sure to give them a call to ensure your tank connection is safely set up to code. We are working with Florida state government officials towards putting regulations in place that prevent the shady companies from cutting corners and risking lives. Any updates on our progression with them will be posted on our Facebook page.
Thanks for reading!