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Guidelines For A Worry-Free Winter

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…and when it does, help us keep you warm this winter by remembering some helpful tips to ensure your propane appliances run smoothly and continuously throughout the winter. 

  • Remove snow and ice from your propane equipment and gas vents and keep  your driveway clear of snow and ice and sand all driveway inclines. 
  • Our propane delivery trucks are approximately two feet wider than a passenger car and much taller, so please keep trees and bushes that line your driveway trimmed, including low-hanging branches so that our driver can make your delivery without obstruction.  
  • If you have an underground tank, mark the location and provide a clear pathway for our driver. 
  • If you have a seasonal or vacation home that is unattended throughout the winter, please have a year-round neighbor monitor the level of propane in your tank.  When the percentage falls below 30%, call us for a delivery

Your safety is our priority and with your help, we can keep the cold outdoors! Learn more about weather-related safety at http://www.propanesafetyfirst.com/weather-related-safety.html.

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Space Heating: Propane options for homeowners

Propane is one of the most versatile space heating fuels on the market, letting homeowners choose from a wide range of propane-powered solutions to meet a variety of needs. Homeowners can choose from propane-powered furnaces, boilers, or hybrid systems that combine propane with an additional energy source. Propane-powered zone heaters and garage heaters provide homeowners with choices for additional heating needs. Visit the Propane Product Directory at PERC to view available propane-powered space heating products. Learn more about these products that use space heating at propane.com.

Furnaces

High-efficiency propane furnaces provide energy, cost, and carbon savings in both new and existing homes. Heated air leaves the propane furnace at temperatures typically near 120 degrees Fahrenheit, significantly warmer than the delivery temperatures offered by electric heat pumps. Propane furnaces qualify for Energy Star’s Most Efficient label;

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4 Comparison Points: Propane vs Electric Forklifts

If your business depends on forklifts to operate, you need to make an important decision: which fuel to use. The top two to compare are propane and electric. Here are 4 comparison points you need to consider:

1. Power/Torque. Propane forklifts maintain consistent, 100-percent power throughout operation. They have the ability to push heavy loads at full capacity, up and down inclines, faster, and for a longer amount of time than electric forklifts.

2. Speed.

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Restaurants & Propane: Interesting industry statistics

Restaurants use propane in a variety of ways. The most obvious, cooking, is one of only several applications. Restaurants also use propane for hot water, space heat, patio heat and generators. Let’s take a look at some interesting restaurant industry statistics:

Cooking

  • 96% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas heat over electric
  • 50% of a restaurant’s energy consumption is used in food preparation and storage
  • Energy efficient propane fryers can save 39% in energy costs annually over standard-efficiency electric fryers

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Propane Safety Steps

Propane safety is very important for both businesses and families alike. Be prepared from the cold winters to the summer grilling season by following these steps to keep safe and happy year round:

  1. Mark the location of your tank. The marker should be high enough so it can be easily seen while cutting the lawn or above average snow coverage.
  2. Check your chimneys, vent pipes, vent connectors, and propane tank for damage, blockage, or debris from snow or other types of weather. Use a broom to clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked or damaged chimneys, and vents.

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History of Propane Powered Forklifts

Forklifts are a staple and an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing operations, and they have been around for longer than most would suspect. Forklifts have been around for almost a century. In 1917, Clark Material Handling Company began developing and using powered tractors and powered lift tractors in their factories. Following suit, in 1920, Yale & Towne Manufacturing entered the lift truck market. Forklifts continued to be further developed and expanded through the 1930s, which also brought along the integration of the standardized pallet. The start of World War II spurred the use of forklift trucks. Following the war, more efficient and easier methods of storing products in warehouses was implemented.

The propane forklift was first utilized in the 1950s. The forklifts were powered by the “standard” size industrial cylinder. This cylinder was conceived by determining the amount of fuel needed to power a forklift for an entire eight-hour shift. The 33-pound cylinder, a workhorse for industry, was designed for a four-cylinder forklift. The 43-pound cylinder will power a larger, six-cylinder forklift for an eight-hour shift.

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Propane in America: the 1920s – The Days of Our Prosperity

The 1920s were an exciting, growth-filled decade for the United States. Homeowners began purchasing gas appliances, improvements in propane manufacturing led to more economic means of its production and cutting gas sales stepped up. The industry also experienced massive improvements in bulk delivery systems, new technologies and equipment arrived on the scene, and there was an increase in product innovations and industry support.

In 1922, the Bureau of Mines began keeping statistics on propane sales. Total sales for 1922 were 223,000 gallons, with year over year increases until 1979. Here’s a brief highlight of US propane sales in the 1920s:

Propane Gallons in the 1920s

Annual gallons in the 1920s

  • 1923: 270,000 gallons
  • 1924: 376,000 gallons
  • 1925: 404,000 gallons
  • 1926: 465,000 gallons
  • 1927: 1,000,000 gallons
  • 1928: 4,522,899 gallons
  • 1929: 10,000,000 gallons

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H&S Bakery Delivers Bread and Sustainability with Alt Fuel Vehicles

H&S Bakery, a long-standing provider of hearth-baked goods in Baltimore, unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles today.

“We want our customers and community to know that we are investing in them and working hard to meet our sustainability goals,” said Chuck Paterakis, vice president of transportation and logistics for H&S Baking. “With propane autogas, we’re doing just that with a domestically produced fuel that lowers emissions across our delivery area.”

Funded in part by a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, the autogas fleet will reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent compared to gasoline. Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint.

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Visit from Overseas: Delegates Learn About U.S. Propane and Propane Safety

Recently, delegates from Saudi Arabia visited an AmeriGas plant to learn about our industry, propane processes and  safety measures that are implemented for our industry.

Below, PERC‘s (Propane Education and Research Council) communications manager, Emily McComas, wrote about her onsite experience and observations from their visit to Frederick, Maryland on Energy Gumbo’s website:

How do you transport propane safely by pipeline, bobtail, and rail? What is better — aboveground or underground storage? How many U.S. propane companies are there? How does a bobtail driver become qualified to deliver propane?

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See Why Propane is on Santa’s “Nice List”

(Image courtesy of Google)

Breaking News: Santa’s list is branching out! Not only has he been keeping his eye on children’s behavior, but like many others, he has started to pay attention to propane (and for all the right reasons this season!).

Why has propane been added to the “Nice” List? Where do we begin?! Let’s start with noting that Christmas trees aren’t the only thing that’s green around the holidays anymore:

Environmentally Friendly Fuel:
Help the Earth when you choose propane for your energy needs. Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane has always been a “green” fuel: far ahead of today’s trends.

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