Propane for Rural Living: Fuel Efficiency and Independence for your Home or Cottage

Living in rural areas brings unique challenges, especially when it comes to reliable energy solutions. Propane, known for its efficiency and adaptability, is an excellent choice for both on- and off-grid homes and cottages. At Superior Propane, our energy solutions are tailored to the unique needs of rural communities, ensuring continuous supply and comfortable rural living.

propane truck doing a propane tank refill

In rural settings, the need for a dependable and versatile energy source is vital. Propane is a practical and efficient solution, meeting the diverse energy demands of rural homes and cottages across Canada. Propane stands out as a high-performance energy source that will effectively and reliably take care of your energy needs. Unlike other fuels, propane offers a unique combination of benefits for rural residents: it's more energy-efficient, provides faster heating, and reduces emissions to make it more environmentally friendly. A propane system operates independent from the electrical grid, making it the dependable and affordable choice.


The Reliability of Propane in Rural Areas

1. Reliability in Remote Locations: 

For remote or off-grid communities in Canada, propane's reliability is a game-changer, especially in vast and often isolated landscapes. Electricity can be unpredictable; wood can be inconvenient and contribute to poor indoor air quality; and heating oil can have higher costs, risks, and emissions. Propane tanks, however, provide a steady and dependable energy supply ensuring that your home remains warm and functional regardless of external power disruptions or challenging weather conditions.

Superior Propane offerts a SMART*Tank monitoring system that makes keeping track of propane tank levels easy and at your fingertips with the mySUPERIOR mobile app. Paired with our Auto Delivery option, propane tank refills are automatically scheduled for the most convenient way to enjoy the comfort of propane. With automatic propane delivery, there's no need to monitor tank levels or schedule a propane refill. We automatically schedule deliveries when your tank reaches 30% capacity. This ensures a continuous propane supply and peace of mind, allowing you to focus on enjoying your rural lifestyle without worries. 


An infographic explaining our delivery process when tank levels reach 30%, 20% and 15%.

When to Expect Your Propane Refill for Automatic Delivery Customers: 

This timeline may vary slightly as we work behind the scenes to procure your propane from our suppliers, unload it from our supply point, transport it to our storage facility, and then transfer it onto the truck before it makes its way to you.



Propane tanks are typically filled to a maximum of 70-80% to leave room for gas expansion.


2. Appliances and fuel costs:

Propane is the ideal rural energy solution, not just for its reliability but also for its impressive energy output. When compared to other fuels, propane delivers more energy for the same amount of fuel, making it a more cost-effective option. This efficiency translates into real savings for rural homeowners, as you get more power per dollar spent on fuel. For rural living, propane's superior energy output ensures that your home is not only comfortable but also energy efficient.

Another advantage of propane is the lower maintenance requirements of propane-powered appliances. Generally, propane appliances are known for their durability and require less frequent servicing compared to their electric or oil counterparts. A reduced maintenance schedule contributes to lower long-term costs, making propane an even more attractive option for rural residents. The combination of high energy efficiency and lower maintenance requirements positions propane as the most cost-effective fuel choice for rural living. It's not just about the immediate savings; it's about the long-term financial benefits and the ease of use that propane brings to your rural home.


Propane delivery to a cottage in wintertime


Consistent and Flexible Propane Home Delivery:

Superior Propane delivery options are designed to meet the diverse needs of our customers, whether they prefer Auto Delivery or Will Call Delivery service. We understand that each customer's situation is unique, especially in rural areas. We take into account your schedule and any special accommodations that can come with rural or remote homes and businesses. We have access to all channels including truck, rail, barge, pipeline and plane in order to get propane to our customers. 


Propane Refills: The fuel you need, when you need it:

Whether you're enrolled in our Auto Delivery program or choose the Will Call program to schedule your own propane refills, we’ll provide a steady and reliable propane supply. Our robust supply chain and extensive network are designed to handle both regular schedules and Will Call customers efficiently. This ensures that we can provide a consistent supply of propane, even during peak seasons or unexpected demand surges. Just remember, if you are on Will Call, propane refill orders need to be placed when the tank levels reach 30%, so there is enough time to schedule your delivery when there’s still propane in your tank.


Our extensive network and strategic supply management mean that we're prepared to keep your home powered and comfortable.
Learn more about Superior Propane’s security of supply.


technician servicing propane tank

Propane Tanks: Dependable Energy Storage

When our licensed technicians install propane tanks on your property, they consider your unique energy needs, consumption and patterns. Factors such as the types of appliances connected to the propane system, home size, and average local temperatures are evaluated to properly identify the size of the propane tank to meet usage requirements. 

Fuels like diesel or gasoline can degrade over time, but propane can be stored in a propane tank and will maintain its effectiveness indefinitely, so it's always ready to use. This allows rural homes to have a ready fuel supply during unforeseen events such as power outages, supply chain disruptions, or extreme weather conditions.

Propane tanks can power a wide range of appliances, from furnaces and boilers to  stoves, refrigerators and power generators. This flexibility makes propane stand out, especially in rural settings where you might need one energy source for multiple applications, ensuring comfort and peace of mind for rural Canadians.

Rural Propane Uses and Applications: 

Propane Heating in Rural Canada:

Having access to reliable heating is vital in Canada’s varying temperatures and harsh winters. This is especially true in rural Canada where winters may be more extreme and customers need to ensure their homes and cottages have reliable heat and power. Propane can be used to fuel a variety of appliances for heating and powering indoor and outdoor spaces. Propane furnaces are known for being extremely fuel efficient, surpassing electric or oil systems in both heating speed and heat output.

Propane furnaces are designed to heat up quickly, ensuring that warmth is distributed evenly throughout your home or cottage. This speed and even heat distribution also translate into cost savings, as propane furnaces typically require less fuel to produce the same amount of heat compared to other systems and fuels. Learn more about how to keep your home warm during the winter.

woman washing dishes with warm water


Propane Water Heaters: Efficiency and Value for Rural Homes:

Tankless propane water heaters are an excellent choice for rural homes, offering a compact design that saves space and is more energy-efficient compared to their electric counterparts. These heaters are particularly beneficial when maximizing space is a priority. Energy-Star certified water heaters can benefit your home’s resale value by improving its EnerGuide rating, which is used in Canada to indicate a home's energy performance. Homes with a higher EnerGuide score can see an increase in resale value, an important consideration for any homeowner.

A propane water heater with this certification helps conserve energy and reduce costs. Furthermore, these models help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star certification is a testament to the product's eco-friendliness and high quality, ensuring they perform at par or better than standard models.

Superior Propane's Certified Partners offer installation of propane water heaters, making it easier to get started. Once installed, our partners can help with regular care and maintenance, ensuring your heater lasts for years to come. 

Propane Generators: Reliable Backup Power:

Power outages can be common in rural areas and that can significantly disrupt daily life; having an independent power source can minimize disruptions. One of the easiest, most reliable fuels for backup power is propane, known for robust performance and efficiency of propane power generators. 

Compared to diesel generators, propane models can run for extended periods without the need for frequent refueling, which is useful during prolonged power outages to ensure a continuous power supply. Additionally, propane fuel on average has a substantially lower cost compared to diesel, saving Canadians thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs without sacrificing energy output.

Propane generators excel in cold temperatures due to its ability to remain effective in low temperatures. Unlike diesel, which can thicken and struggle in the cold, propane maintains its fluidity and ignites reliably, ensuring consistent performance even during the chilliest Canadian winters.

Additionally, propane generators require less maintenance and the fuel has a longer shelf life, making them a practical and sustainable choice for rural homes. Using the same fuel source as other home appliances adds to the convenience, integrating seamlessly into your overall home energy system.

Click here to learn more about propane uses and the versatility of propane.

Choosing the right Propane Supplier for your Rural Lifestyle:

When choosing a propane supplier for your rural home, it's about reliability and ease. You can count on us to meet your energy needs with easy-to-use plans and programs. Our flexible pricing plans are designed to fit your budget and lifestyle, making propane affordable and convenient. With the mySUPERIORTM customer portal and mobile app, managing your propane account becomes a breeze. You can check tank levels, make payments, and keep track of deliveries effortlessly. Plus, you have the freedom to choose the delivery option that suits you best, be it our Auto Delivery or Will Call Delivery programs.

Rural homes and businesses need a dependable fuel source. Not all propane companies have the infrastructure to be the most reliable supplier. Superior Propane has invested in its fleet, delivery network and security in propane supply to ensure reliable deliveries even in unprecedented circumstances, so we can continue to provide the best service to our customers.

Besides delivering fuel, Superior Propane ensures you have a reliable propane supply to enhance your rural lifestyle.



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