Written on: October 31, 2022
Customers have always appreciated the convenience of our automatic delivery service. It lets you cross “call to order a propane tank refill” off your to-do list and prevents runouts for many customers. But automatic delivery doesn’t work for everyone, particularly customers who travel frequently or own a second property with inconsistent usage patterns. So, when we began offering the Odata wireless tank monitor, those folks asked us, “Will a wireless propane tank monitor prevent a run-out?” …and the answer is a resounding yes!
What’s the difference between the two services, and what’s the right one for you? The main difference is how your propane usage is tracked.
Automatic delivery service relies on consistent propane use for full accuracy. We use a proven algorithm based on your usage and real-time weather conditions to determine when you will need a propane delivery. Since our calculations are based on your average usage, it’s important for you to let us know of any changes that would result in a big shift in propane use.
Things such as an extended vacation, more or fewer people living in your home, or new propane appliances can all change your propane use. And if we know about those changes, we can recalculate and adjust your deliveries.
Of course, if you travel often or your usage patterns fluctuate a lot, keeping us in the loop is as much of a hassle as checking your tank levels. That’s when wireless tank monitoring is the service for you.
Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane in your tank in real time and transmit your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via our wireless mobile app.
The mobile app makes wireless tank monitoring simple and easy for people who are managing a rental property or an Airbnb listing—or multiple properties! Propane use can fluctuate a great deal when different people, with different habits, are using a property over the course of a month. The app lets you know when deliveries are happening, and how often. No need to go and check the tank gauges of your different properties…which saves a lot of manual labor.
If you have a second home, a wireless tank monitor means you don’t have to worry about how much propane is in the tank or think about ordering a fill-up before you arrive.
In addition to timely alerts, the app gives you even more control and insight. You can use it to easily track and adjust your monthly energy consumption—and save on energy costs. For example, if you use your hot tub more than usual, you may see a spike in your usage, and gain better insight on how to control your costs.
If you have regular habits and your propane bills are otherwise consistent, you are likely fine opting for automatic delivery service. Just remember to let us know if you’ll be away for an extended period or if you add new propane equipment!
But if you want total peace of mind and zero hassle, a wireless tank monitor is a smart choice.
The bottom line is that a propane run-out can be more than a nuisance. It can be a very expensive mistake. With tank monitoring, you can eliminate the chance of having one while also saying goodbye to the hassles and headaches of managing your propane deliveries.
What’s in it for us? It makes things easier on our end too. We’re better able to plan deliveries, using the most efficient routes. That saves time and money, savings we can pass on to you!
A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes. Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free.