For owners of retail facilities, the bottom line is always top of mind. Building and renovating with propane-fueled space heating and water heating can help slash energy costs and deliver the key performance amenities that are vital to their business.
Water Heating. In low-demand scenarios, a single tankless unit installed neat the point of use greatly reduces delivery times and standby heat losses. A small installation footprint reserves valuable square footage. A propane-fueled tankless water heater offers economical, on-demand, endless hot water while generating half as many carbon dioxide emissions ass a conventional electric storage water heater.
Space Heating. An efficient rooftop furnace can quickly and cost-effectively heat a small or midsize retail building. Businesses replacing older units with newer, high-efficiency units can expect a payback within two years of operation.
Standby Generator. Standby generators can provide backup power for heating and cooling systems, keeping your business open and protecting against damage to perishable inventory. While storms, unpredictable weather, and unreliable power grids create an uncertain supply of electricity, propane is a safe and dependable energy source that won’t fail in a storm.
Metered Service. In retail buildings such as strip malls, propane metering is a hassle-free way of providing propane service to tenants, even if they draw from the same tank. Instead of owners needing to divvy up the costs of unequal use among the tenants, or simply attempting to recoup the cost with higher rent, meters provide a surefire way to bill the exact cost of propane to the tenants who use it.
Vaporizer. A vaporizer is essentially a boiler that uses heat to aid the natural vaporization process of propane from liquid to gas. The result is a virtual increase in the Btu delivery capacity of the system without a corresponding increase in the size or number of the propane storage tanks – which may not be possible where space is limited.
Propane Tank. A single 1,000-gallon underground tank is a common size for this type of building. Underground burial helps maintain limited parking and enhances safety.