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Back to School: Propane’s Class Schedule

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It’s that time of year again, back to school! Ever wonder what classes propane would enroll in? Review our A+ schedule below.

School Transportation: Before children even get to school, they may be riding in a propane-powered vehicle, also known as an autogas bus. School buses fueled by propane autogas provide a reliable, clean and affordable alternative to diesel in a growing number of school bus fleets across the nation. School systems are choosing school buses fueled by propane autogas to reduce or eliminate diesel exhaust to better comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations issued in 2004 and 2010 that require significant reductions in hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines. To learn more on autogas buses click here!

Science: Propane (C3H8) is a versatile energy force that is more dense than air in its vapor form, but as a liquid, is lighter than water. 70% of the propane in use today is produced by refining natural gas. A “green” fuel, propane is colorless and odorless. However, in your cylinder, propane is in both its liquid and vapor forms and has a bit of a stench. In order for our senses to detect propane, an identifying (and stinky) odor called ethyl mercaptan is added. It is commonly used as an alternative fuel for engines and forklifts, barbecue grills, and many more commercial and residential applications.

Family and Consumer Sciences: Here are just some examples of how you can integrate propane into your home:
Grilling: With your propane powered grill, plan a delicious dinner for your dear. More than 65 percent of homeowners who cook outdoors use propane grills because they’re faster and cleaner than others.
Cooking: Cook with precise temperatures and even heat distribution.
Clothes Dryer: Propane dryers are on the list of energy efficient appliances working hard for American consumers. Dry your laundry more efficiently and with less energy resources than electric dryers
To learn more about how you can use propane in your home click here!

Lunchtime! School cafeterias often use propane for the following:
Cooking: For your cooking needs, install gas ranges that combine a propane cooktop and propane oven. A propane cook top provides better heat control and more even heat distribution than electric. Instant-on burners allow cooking to start right away and cool more quickly, which helps to prevent overcooking and accidents.
Hot Water: Heating water with electricity can account for 14-25% of annual energy usage. Commercial propane tankless water heaters are an excellent option to meet the hot water demands of the hospitality industry. Additionally, many tankless water heaters qualify for tax incentives and rebates as part of government energy conservation goals. Commercial tankless water heaters offer economical, on-demand, endless hot water with up to 60% fewer emissions than electric water heaters. These systems link multiple interchangeable units, providing higher output and redundancy ensuring that hot water is always available.

Mathematics: Propane, on average, can be 5% – 15% less expensive than gasoline or diesel fuels. Overall, propane fuel for fleet vehicles typically costs less than conventional or reformulated gasoline. For example, if you owned a landscaping company and wanted to see what the fuel cost savings were with propane instead of gasoline, try our fuel savings calculator! Many states offer fuel tax incentives to encourage the use of clean fuels, thus further reducing operating costs.  Here’s how you can save money by operating propane mower and landscape equipment:

  • Controls fuel cost.
  • Reduces fuel theft.
  • No fuel contamination.
  • Longer engine life.
  • Less engine maintenance.

Math pop quiz! How many gallons of traditional fuel are spilled each year from refueling lawn equipment? Answer: Over 17 million gallons!

Agriculture: Propane is used on 865,000 U.S. farms for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators, and other farm equipment. It is an essential fuel for crop drying, flame cultivation, fruit ripening, space and water heating, and food refrigeration.

Busy first day back to school, learning all about propane. Have a snack, maybe take a dip in your backyard pool (that’s heated by propane, of course), and then start your homework! Unfortunately,  homework is one area where propane can’t assist you.



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