Millions of Americans use propane for residential, commercial, industrial,
agricultural, and transportation needs. This versatile fuel is used in an array
of applications including home heating, hot water, clothes drying, cooking, fireplace,
hearth products, and generators. For outdoor living spaces, propane provides patio
heating and lighting, pool heating, insect control, grilling, and hearth products.
On farms, propane-fueled equipment and technologies are being used to control pests,
dry crops, and power irrigation pumps. Industrial uses include propane-driven forklifts
and fleet vehicles, and has become the desired choice for public transportation, law enforcement vehicles, and even personal vehicles producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline or diesel options.
Propane is sometimes referred to as Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LP-gas or LPG. It is produced from both natural gas processing and crude-oil refining. Nearly 97% of propane used in the United States is produced in North America.
Propane gas is an exceptionally safe fuel and is monitored by stringent industry codes and regulations. It emits less carbon dioxide than any other liquid fuel, is clean-burning, non-toxic and generates the lowest emissions of greenhouse gases.
Propane tanks can be stored above or below ground. They are environmentally-friendly, require little maintenance and can have up to a 40 year life span.
Many questions regarding propane are answered below if you would like additional information about propane or to request a delivery please call our office
Is propane really convenient to use and store?
Yes. Propane tanks are environmentally friendly, require little maintenance, and can last indefinitely. Propane’s portability in liquid form makes it a convenient fuel for grilling, camping, and other uses.
Is propane gas clean and efficient?
Yes. Propane has long been recognized as the “green” energy. By using this energy, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment. Propane, on average, costs about half as much per BTU as electricity. It burns hotter and more evenly than many other fuels. In addition, propane equipment and appliances have a shorter energy savings payback period.
Will my propane fueled equipment require routine service?
Yes. All propane fueled equipment needs to have an annual maintenance and safety check. We recommend that you schedule service during the summer, when demand on your system is likely to be minimal.
Is propane safe for my family?
Yes. Propane is used safely by millions of Americans — and stored, handled, and transported by thousands of professionals — every day. That safety comes from a combination of stringent codes and regulations and our industry’s extensive training and safety awareness programs.
How can I recognize a propane leak in my home?
Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell, like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Propane manufacturers add the smell deliberately to help alert customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard. You can ask your propane retailer for a demonstration to help everyone in your home or building identify leaks.
What should I do if my pilot light goes out?
Give the office a call so we can have a trained propane service technician evaluate the appliance and relight the pilot light. A pilot light that repeatedly goes out — or is difficult to light — may be signaling that there is a problem with the appliance or your propane system. Accidents and serious injuries can occur when customers attempt to fix a pilot light problem on their own.
Are there alternatives to having a propane tank in my yard?
Yes. Underground storage tanks are a popular option for single-family homes and housing developments. These large tanks can be buried underground because propane is a nontoxic fuel that doesn’t contaminate aquifers or soil.
If I use propane as my primary energy source, what size storage tank do I need?
Generally, a 500-gallon tank can hold enough propane to meet the annual energy needs of an average four-bedroom home. Tanks of 1,000 gallons or more may be needed for large homes with swimming pools and hot tubs.
How Do I Read the Gauge on My Propane Tank?
Most tanks of 47 gallon capacity or higher have a gauge. If your tank does have a gauge it will be located on the top of the tank, under the lift-able hood. The tank gauge reads in percentages from 0% to 100% with 80% being full to allow for gas expansion.
For Fireplace use, how long will Propane last in my tank?
The size of the fireplace and the number of hours you use it every day will dictate the overall usage.