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Propane Perks Abound But Residential Users Should Be Aware Of Price, Maintenance Issues

The perks of residential propane are indisputable: This versatile and clean-burning gas can be used to heat the home, dry clothing and cook dinner. Moreover, its reputation as the gas that fueled a million backyard barbecues is being quickly replaced as an earth-friendly alternative to traditional oil or electric heating. With residential propane prices now hovering around $2 per gallon, a walk-in business refill station cuts out the middle man and lets you get in, out and on your way. For homeowners who’ve switched over to propane as the means of powering their home, the decision does carry a number of logistical procedures to be aware of.

kGenerally, walk-in fill stations allow for users to transport and fill their own propane tanks during regular business hours. At these facilities, members of the public can bring their barbecue grill tanks, 30-pound and even up to the 100-pound varieties. Vehicles that run off propane, as well as mobile homes and campers who utilize the gas, are also often able to swing through filling stations. During these on-site visits however, special attention should be placed on the tank itself. Inspecting these vessels is crucial to ensure their safety and longevity. Employees of established propane providers know what signs to look for during inspection and can certify the safety of said tanks. There are also typically tanks for sale at the business to replace any out-of-date canisters that present a danger if re-used.

When it comes to refilling on the larger scale, home delivery is also a factor for tanks positioned either above or below ground. Clearly, transporting such tanks to a walk-in retail fill station isn’t an option so propane companies will make house calls similar to heating oil companies. The size of the tanks and frequency of usage will dictate how often re-fill visits will need to take place, but this is an arrangement that can be worked out with your energy provider.

As with traditional gasoline, industry experts say the price of propane will fluctuate based off of market signals. It’s also largely produced in the U.S. and thus a boost to the national economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the residential price per gallon of propane hovered around $2.40 throughout much of March 2017. That figure represents a slight increase from a little more than $2 at this time in 2016. According to the EIA, 5 percent of households across the U.S. use propane for residential heating purposes. Those residents, the EIA said in a spring 2017 economic outlook, could this winter expect to pay slightly more than the current price if the weather is warmer than presently predicted.

For those homeowners who’vel made the jump to propane power, the fluctuation in price is part of the process. After all, every utility company bills on personal usage and not a flat fee. For those in the market for propane or prospective homeowners looking at a new place, the current configuration of the home is of considerable attention. While kits for converting traditional appliances to run off propane are available, it’s also a job best left to industry professions with experience installing such conversion devices. Those looking to move into a new place with immediate plans to adopt propane should ask the real estate agency about  the feasibility of doing so. Further, those selling a home with a large propane tank already on site should be able to provide proof of regular inspection.

Residential propane via on-site refills has quickly proven itself as a popular alternative to traditional energy sources. For more information on propane walk-in retail business, call 1-888-449-3585.

Propane: The Farm Friendly Gas

fuel tank in the wheat fieldTake a look at the food on your table. Did you know that propane had a helping hand in cultivating the food that you eat?  All across the United States, farmers depend on propane gas to help with their everyday needs. Nearly 900,000 farms throughout the country, including those in Delaware County, make use of propane; and for good reason too.

Propane is not only eco-friendly and energy efficient but is an extremely versatile gas, as touted by propane companies in Delaware County. It provides a responsible way for farmers to tend to their crops while adhering to environmental regulations. When used in an agricultural capacity, propane has a multitude of uses that have proven to be extremely useful to farmers.

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Farming is a business. Just like any other business, improving the quality of the product, service, and efficiency is vital for survival. Due to the variety of solutions that propane offers, it stands to reason that with those solutions come cost effectiveness. Many of the machines that farmers use- from tractors to irrigation systems -are propane-based. When comparing their performance and efficiency against those of electric motorized machines and harmful diesel gasses, propane-fueled machinery holds up to the task.

In a 2014 case study, 8 farmers used 8 propane-powered engines and irrigation systems to work their farms. Their total savings equaled $86,470. With propane-fueled machines often costing less in initial purchase and in operating costs, the savings begin to add up. Farming equipment that runs on propane allows the user to experience high amounts of usage with low maintenance. When machines break, it’s relatively easier and significantly cheaper to fix a machine that runs on propane than that of a diesel-fueled machine.

Reduced Emissions
There are over 300 million acres of land used for agricultural purposes throughout the giant tractors set against a sunset sky and cloudsUnited States. While farming is a necessary industry, it accounts for a large portion of air and water pollution. Because of this, farmers have been looking for more sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, farmers have turned to propane as an alternative fuel source for irrigation engines, dryers, and other farming equipment.

Propane-powered farming equipment can produce roughly 11% less greenhouse gas emissions than their diesel counterparts and 24% fewer greenhouse gasses than gasoline structures. With the fewer produced emissions, propane is a clean-burning fuel source that reduces the agricultural industry’s carbon footprint.

Aside from the economic and ecological benefits of using propane gas, farmers also have the ability to reap the rewards of propane incentives. There are a number of financial incentives in place by the government for farmers who use propane-based technology and equipment. The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) leads the charge in testing the efficiency of these programs for farmers. PERC makes it easy for farmers to see the effects of switching to propane-fueled systems, both ecologically and financially.

As the demand for sustainable farming grows, so does the usage of propane. Propane is one gas that is in great abundance within the United States. Propane is made in America from domestic natural gasses, making it one of our greatest homegrown commodities and exports. With our supply of propane, technology continues to adapt, becoming more innovative and eco-friendly. This is great news for farmers who rely on this technology to meet the demand of the nation’s agricultural needs.

Learn more about PERC’s Propane Farm Incentive program and GasTec’s propane services.