The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently issued a new consumer tips sheet on selecting a propane provider.
The new consumer tips sheet covers pricing agreements, delivery arrangements, fees and other charges, the pros and cons of renting and owning a propane tank, contracts, and a list of helpful questions to ask before signing a contract.
According to the MPSC, one of the most important steps a propane customer can take now is to get an early fill and lock in prices ahead of the heating season.
During the 2013-2014 heating season, many Michigan propane customers and dealers faced problems when tight supplies developed.
Michigan residential customers use more propane than any other state. Some 9 percent of Michigan households use propane as their primary heating fuel.
While propane prices are not regulated, the MPSC does monitor supplies and makes available the weekly, statewide average residential price on its website during the heating season.
The new www.Michigan.gov/propane website contains more propane information.