Propane in South Dakota (SD)

People living in South Dakota (SD) and comparing propane dealers will find the data below useful in their search. These official data represent averages and you should remember that each situation is different when it comes to propane use. Therefore, the advice below should serve as a guide when comparing quotes from different companies but are not always representative of individual situations.

Propane usage and spending in South Dakota (SD)

According to the US Information Energy Administration South Dakotans consume far more propane (867 gallons a year on average) than the average American home (which uses 464 gallons per year on average). These data also show that South Dakotans spend comparatively more on propane ($1,424 v. $973 per year on average) and on propane for indoor heating ($1,280 v. $957 yearly on average). However, given how much propane is used, South Dakota (SD) propane comes are a comparatively lower price.

 

South Dakota

US

Average propane price (2012-2013 winter season)

$1.447

$2.436

Propane usage per household (gallons)

867

464

Propane spending per household (dollars)

1,424

973

Propane spending per household on heating (dollars)

1,280

957

Electricity usage per household (kWh)

10,719

11,320

Electricity spending per household (dollars)

1,084

1,340

Electricity spending per household on heating (dollars)

204

222

Natural gas usage per household (thousand cubic feet)

84

66

Natural gas spending per household (dollars)

773

804

Natural gas spending per household on heating (dollars)

607

607

Average energy spending per household (dollars)

1,947

2,024

Average energy spending per household on heating (dollars)

774

N/A

Propane and energy statistics, 2009 figures / Source: US Energy Information Administration

Propane prices in South Dakota (SD)

In the 2012-2013 winter season, the inhabitants of South Dakota (SD) spent an average of $1.447 per gallon on propane. This is considerably lower than the $2.436 national average of the same period of time.

This is because using propane for heating increases total residential propane consumption, which leads to lower propane prices (as opposed to many people using propane only for cooking – prices would be higher). South Dakota is also relatively close to the Midwest propane major supply source, which also decreases propane prices companies offer.

While the chart below is a good reference, the best way to obtain as accurate a propane price as possible is to compare quotes from local propane dealers. Still, it is interesting to check that retailer prices follow similar trends to those in South Dakota (SD) as a whole.

Propane companies operating in South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) has relatively few propane companies. However, all three national propane companies operate there (Amerigas, Suburban Propane and Ferrellgas). Other large companies also have outlets, such as Cenex, D&R Propane, Estelline Community Oil Co., Lakes Gas Co., etc. There may also be appealing smaller companies or local cooperatives.

Selecting the right propane company is a careful exercise. Start by making a list of the services you will require, from propane itself to maintenance or tanks. Then identify a series of companies not too far from your home and request detailed quotes. This will enable you to establish which company is offering you the best deal.

The South Dakota (SD) propane industry and regulations

The South Dakota Petroleum & Propane Marketers Association is the voice of the propane industry in South Dakota (SD). It organizes networking, communication and lobbying events for the industry; it also provides crucial safety training programs to members of this industry, such as the Certified Employee Training Program designed by the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council.

The South Dakota propane sector falls under the South Dakota Codified Laws, Title 34, Chapter 39, Liquefied Petroleum Gases. Unlike some other states, South Dakota does not have a specific LP Gas administrative entity.