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Old 01-22-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I want to know if anyone knows how much approximately, a 200 gallon propane tank will last in a house with 4 people who use showers daily sometimes twice a day, cook, and will use the heat in the winters from dec-april. keeping the heat at 60. house is 1564 sq ft. thanks
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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Check with the propane dealers in the area. Unless it is a new home, chances are one of the dealers will be able to tell you how much that very house has used in the past.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Someone in the "House" Forum on here might be able to help. Good luck!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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Each region has a different quantity of heat needed to heat a home; and it varies each year.

Then how well insulated your house is, will completely change the numbers too.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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A gallon of propane contains approximately 91,000 BTU.

Therefore, your 200 gallon tank will run a 91,000 BTU rated furnace for roughly 200 hours.

As mentioned above, usage will vary widely depending on many variables: outside temperature, insulation values, air transfer, etc.

You can get a rough idea by ascertaining the BTU ratings on your various appliances and then estimating how much usage each of them gets in your household.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I want to know if anyone knows how much approximately, a 200 gallon propane tank will last in a house with 4 people who use showers daily sometimes twice a day, cook, and will use the heat in the winters from dec-april. keeping the heat at 60. house is 1564 sq ft. thanks
I commend you for keeping the thermostat low but the shower every day and sometimes twice will cost you $ and use up two precious resources, water and power needlessly and I think a microwave oven will heat a frozen pre-made food item using less power (if you even eat those). Your question has been answered pretty well, I just wanted to add my two cent's.
Another thought is if you look in your attic if you have one, there may be room for more insulation and drafty old casement windows can be weather stripped perhaps with something removable.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I want to know if anyone knows how much approximately, a 200 gallon propane tank will last in a house with 4 people who use showers daily sometimes twice a day, cook, and will use the heat in the winters from dec-april. keeping the heat at 60. house is 1564 sq ft. thanks
Cripes man! At 60 degrees how do you ever talk anybody out of their clothes (and sweaters) long enough to take a shower! brrrrrrrrrrrr

We have 760 square feet, two adults, shower every other day (no sweating in the winter, desk jobs), 73 tropical degrees (75 when nobody is looking) and our 330 gallon propane tank lasts for one fill all winter before we refill it again in March.

The secret is very good insulation (especially around doors and windows) heavy insulated drapes, and using the stove wisely. I do not care for microwaved food, but I will cook several casseroles at once freezing those unused, to make the best use of the oven when it is heated up.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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Let's see..... in north central Kentucky, our 200 gallon propane tank lasted about 4 to 6 weeks during the winters. I don't remember what we kept the thermostat set at. This was for an early 80's model single-wide mobile home, gas furnace and stove, electric water heater, and a factory-installed wood burning fireplace with a blower we used for supplement heat since it seemed the furnace didn't work so well. The mobile home wasn't well insulated and I think that had a lot to do with it. This was about 14 to 15 years ago. I was quite surprised because we had moved from an all-electric mobile home the same size and age (but in better condition I believe) where the utilities were much, much, MUCH less expensive. We had always heard gas heat was less expensive but I didn't find that to be the case at all.

pnc
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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The OP asked a question that is impossible to answer.

The OP didn't even bother mentioning the state/climate they lived in, condition of the house ( insulation etc) .

About as " generic" as asking---------" how many miles per gallon should my vehicle get ? "

Attempting to answer that question ( or the OP's question) is impossible due to --inadequate information.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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The OP asked a question that is impossible to answer.

The OP didn't even bother mentioning the state/climate they lived in, condition of the house ( insulation etc) .

About as " generic" as asking---------" how many miles per gallon should my vehicle get ? "

Attempting to answer that question ( or the OP's question) is impossible due to --inadequate information.
well you only had to ask me those questions you didnt have to be sarcastic about it. I thought that was enough info i have never had propane before. I do not live there yet. I was considering renting the house.but I got great info from everyone else. thanks
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