First settled in 1730, Lehigh County has quickly become of the East Coast’s fastest-growing counties and a hub for Pennsylvania industry and business. With a GDP of more than 41.2 billion throughout Leigh County and the Lehigh Valley area, today, Lehigh County is home to more than 10,000 businesses and a variety of nationally recognized brands and industry leaders. Lehigh County’s excellent transportation infrastructure, available commercial properties, and proximity to major Pennsylvanian cities have allowed Lehigh businesses to grow and successfully penetrate the national market. Since the 1950s, GasTec, one of the leading providers of propane services in Lehigh County, PA, has remained a constant supplier to Lehigh County businesses and watched industry development within the area. Today, GasTec will discuss how propane has helped Lehigh County’s manufacturing businesses and its future in the continued growth of Lehigh County’s transportation sector.
Propane Services and Lehigh County Manufacturing:
One of the largest industries within Lehigh county; today, manufacturing makes up a total of 18% of Lehigh Valley’s total GDP and employs roughly 34,000 workers within the area. Lehigh county and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to some of the nations leading manufacturers of medical equipment, electronics, and mechanical piping. Propane has long been the favored energy source for manufacturing businesses for its reliability and clean-bearing properties. Propane and manufacturing have long held a collaborative relationship, as nearly half of all propane used by manufacturers is used in the development of plastic, a material used to create most consumer goods.
Propane Services and Lehigh County Transportation and Logistics:
Within the last five years, the e-commerce sector has seen a steady growth of 32.4% year-over-year. Analysts now believe this number will only continue to increase, and by 2024, potentially 19.2% of all US retail spending will take place online. In response to this dramatic shift, many businesses are now seeking new and affordable ways to transport goods to consumers across the country. Lehigh county, one of the prime locations for transportation and logistics companies operating out of Pennsylvania, has risen to the new transportation demand and responded by creating over 10,000 new jobs within the last five years. GasTec encourages Lehigh County transportation fleets looking to lower total costs while reducing emissions to consider the benefits of using propane autogas. On average, propane autogas is between 40- 50% less costly than gasoline and diesel and emits 60% less carbon monoxide than its competitors.
Since the beginning of COVID-19’s social distancing and stay-at-home orders, families across the country have looked for new and exciting ways to enjoy their time at home. In recent months, households throughout Delaware County, PA, have gained attention from their county neighbors for their inspired solution to stay-at-home boredom, hot tubs. GasTec, a provider of propane services in Delaware County, PA, has noticed the increase in customers seeking additional propane for their gas-heated hot tubs and hopes to encourage other families to enjoy the outdoors safely this winter. For families residing in Delaware County or other Pennsylvania counties who are considering purchasing their own hot tub, GasTec will discuss the various nuances between the two most common types of hot-tubs, gas-heated and electric-heated.
Gas Hot Tub Heaters:
Powered by propane or other natural gases, gas hot tub heaters are frequently used for free-standing wooden hot tubs, portable spas, and in-ground spas. The original hot tub heater, for years gas has heated not only hot tubs but pools and jacuzzis as well. Before the 1970s, hot tubs could not be heated at all times, but instead were heated on-demand and later insulated with a spa top. Today, there are numerous reasons that people elect to have their hot tubs heated by gas. One of the most cited reasons for choosing a gas hot tub heater is low operation costs. Not only has propane become increasingly affordable in recent years, but it also produces more British Thermal Units (BTU’s) than natural gas. Another popular reason for choosing a gas hot tub heater is the speed at which it can heat the water. On average, a hot tub gas heaters can add 1-2 degrees per minute, whereas electric heaters can take almost an hour to raise the temperature of the tub a few degrees.
Electric Hot Tub Heaters:
During the late 1970s, when portable hot tubs were first introduced to the market, manufacturers designed the electric hot tub with plug-in appliance capabilities in mind. They wanted to create a simple, low maintenance hot tub that would be able to be controlled through a controller system. While they were able to create a low maintenance machine, there are several less desirable attributes to electric hot tub heaters. Electric hot tubs are frequently reported to have lower overall operational costs than their gas-heated competitors. However, depending on the customer’s location, climate, and price per kilowatt-hour, this may quickly change. This problem is especially true for electric hot tub owners located in colder northern climates, who frequently find poor insulation can significantly impact their heating costs.