Monthly Archives: October 2014

Save Money This Winter with Propane

We all remember the harsh winter we endured last winter. The country saw higher-than-average snowfall and colder temperatures that lasted well through March. Though it’s only mid-fall, winter is just around the corner. With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to think about how you will heat your home during the colder months ahead.

While some sources (like the Farmer’s Almanac) are predicting another harsh winter, a recent New York Times article suggests otherwise. The article reports we can expect a warmer winter than last year, which will result in American households spending less on heating this winter. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts American households that heat with natural gas can expect a 5% decline in their gas expenditures. Households using heating oil can expect to spend 15% less, due to the recent reduction in world oil prices. Homes that use mostly electricity can expect to save 2%.

However, propane users are expected to save the most money – an outstanding 34%. This is attributed to the 24% price drop and the 13% decline in consumption.  The Midwest is the most prominent region that uses propane. Homeowners there who use propane can expect to pay $1, 5000 – a savings of $767.

These savings don’t have to be limited to the Midwest. By switching to propane, northeastern states, such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, can also save more on heating. Millions of Americans have already switched to propane because it is safer, more cost-efficient and more eco-friendly than heating oil, electricity and natural gas. It can be used to power your heater, as well as your fireplace and appliances. Unlike other methods, propane is not toxic or poisonous, nor does it contaminate groundwater or soil. Therefore, it is safe to bury your propane tank underground.   And, many propane companies in Montgomery County supply propane at competitive prices.

Contact GasTec today to switch to propane and starting saving.


3 Benefits of Propane

Propane is used by millions of Americans every day. Essentially, propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) that is produced from natural gas processing and crude oil refining. It is nontoxic and virtually colorless, and odorless.. People use propane for residential, commercial and industrial purposes for many reasons. It’s safe, convenient, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly. Propane lowers carbon emissions and costs much less than electricity. Homeowners use it to power their water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, outdoor grills, fireplaces and appliances. Farmers use propane-fueled equipment to control pests and power their irrigation pumps. Restaurants and hotels use propane for heating and cooking. Industrial workers use propane to power their forklifts and fleet vehicles. It is a high performance fuel that reduces greenhouse emissions, saves energy and preserves the environment.

Here are 3 benefits of using propane:

  • Safe –According to the Propane Education & Research Council, 97% of propane consumed in the U.S. is produced in North America. Propane equipment and appliance manufacturers must meet strict standards, and the propane industry must follow certain methods to ensure it is transported and used safely. Also, propane has a much more narrow range of flammability than other petroleum products and can’t be ingested.
  • Cost-efficient – Propane is a high performance fuel that costs far less than electricity, heating oil and other types of gasoline. For homeowners, powering your appliances using propane will provide you with more comfort and reduced energy costs. Using propane for fleet vehicles also costs less than using other types of gasoline. Propane prices in PA are based off the general market price, so you can save even more money on propane.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Propane is a clean fuel that is listed in the 1990 Clean Air and 1992 National Energy Policy Acts. It is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, coal emits more than double the amount of carbon dioxide as propane. Because it’s nontoxic and nonpoisonous, propane does not harm groundwater or oil. It is safe to bury propane tanks underground.

How will propane help you save energy?