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Energy Pod Can Save You Money

Propane Energy SavingsBuilding a new home?

Our friends at the Propane Education and Research Council have some great tips on how to use propane to save energy in your new home right from the start. They call it the Propane Energy Pod, and it's a combination of five applications of propane appliances that save energy and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Here are some ways you can put the pod to work for you:

Space heating
Propane furnaces, space heaters, and boilers can reduce energy costs up to 68 percent, while maintaining comfort.

Water heating
Propane water heaters can drastically slash the costs of heating water. Tankless versions can save a homeowner up to $150 a year.

Cooking
In addition to reduced energy consumption, propane ranges, cooktops and ovens also allow for more precise control of heat levels.

Clothes drying
Not only do propane dryers work more quickly than electric dryers, they're also 20 percent cheaper to run. Talk about a win-win!

Fireplaces
Propane fireplaces have up to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces, and don't pull hot air from the rest of the house, like wood-burning units do. Plus, they cost as little as $50 a year to operate.

Learn more about the Propane Energy Pod and get helpful resources here.

Propane Incentives Can Benefit Landscapers

Propane IncentivesDo you own a commercial landscaping company? Could you use some help getting equipment?

Propane could be the answer.

The Propane Education and Research Council is giving incentives of up to $1,000 for each new propane-powered mower purchased as part of a fleet.

So not only could you enjoy reduced fuel and maintenance costs, you could save big on the up-front costs to do so.

The incentive program seeks to collect data and performance reviews of propane mowers.

PERC recommends that you apply for the incentives before buying the mowers.

To learn more, and apply, go to the incentive program web page.

Why We Love Propane!

Love PropaneAt Lakes Gas Co., it's pretty obvious we think propane is the bee's knees. The "gas" in our name isn't Helium, you know! No, we've been in a serious relationship with propane for some time now. Here's why we love it so much:

It's Efficient
Propane gas contains more energy by volume than some other fuels and is usually less expensive than electricity. That means you can power your life and have more cash in your wallet.

It's Environmentally Friendly
Propane produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other fuels and is recognized as a Clean Alternative Fuel under the Clean Air Act of 1990. So, go ahead. Grill your burgers knowing the propane you're using is not harming the environment.

It's Safe
Propane is not toxic and won't contaminate soil, surface water, or groundwater. A little preparation can help you use propane safely in your home. The Propane Education and Research Council has some tips on how to make it fun for the whole family.

It's Versatile
You can use propane at home, at work, or on your farm. It can heat your home, power your appliances, cook your food, fuel your car, and so much more!

It's Reliable
There are no outages with propane. You won't need a generator or have to wait for the electric company to resolve an issue. It's the power you need, when you need it.

Thanks propane, you're the best!

Reasons to Consider a Propane Lawnmower

Propane Lawn MowerAfter a winter of being buried under snow, your lawn might need some attention.

But before you drag out the lawnmower, consider this: Is your gas-powered mower giving you the most bang for your buck?

According to a blog post at Green Industry Pros, many lawn maintenance companies are switching their fleets to propane. And you can get many of the same benefits they do by using a propane-fueled model for your own lawn.

Here are some reasons to make the switch:

Propane is cheaper
Propane is generally less expensive than gasoline. But that's not the only way propane can save you money. Propane also cuts down on maintenance costs and eliminates the need for oil changes.

Propane can also eliminate costs associated with spilled or leaking fuel, often a problem with gasoline –powered mowers.

Propane reduces maintenance
Gas left in a mower can become stale and corrosive to the engine. Propane eliminates the issue, and could lead to longer engine life.

Propane is greener
Propane is better for the environment than gasoline. Propane mowers cut greenhouse gas emissions by about half. So you can mow your lawn without worrying about the environmental impact of what you're doing.

Need a new mower? Think about propane before you buy.

It's Spring Cleaning Time -- for Your Grill

Grill CleaningIt's officially spring! And while it might not be warm enough to fire up the propane grill just yet, it is time to give it a good scrub. For help, we took some hints from Huffington Post's Grilling Authority Steven Raichlen.

Banish Bugs
Even if you thoroughly cleaned your grill before you put it away for the winter, you could still be met with a surprise when you uncover it this spring. Dirt, leaves, spiders and all manner of other grimy bits could have made your grill home during the colder months.

So the first step is to get rid of them. Steven recommends an air compressor or canned compressed air for this. Spray the knobs and other parts around the outside of the grill. While you're at it, empty and drain the grease trap or drain pan.

Dive In
Now it's time to tackle the inside of the grill. Use a commercial grill cleaner (Steven likes products like Simple Green). If your grill is polished stainless steel, you'll need a stainless steel cleaner (or a mixture of soap, water, and vinegar) and a soft cloth to use on the outside.

Check it Out
Ensure there are no leaks in the hoses and they are not crimped or brittle. Make sure the propane tank is not rusted, punctured or otherwise damaged. Reconnect the tank and then check for leaks again- this time with a solution of equal parts dish soap and water. Leave the burners off and open the valve. If you smell gas, brush the solution on the hose and look for bubbles. If there are any, replace the affected part and test again.

Replace the Battery
Test it by pressing the igniter button. If you don't see a spark, you'll probably need to replace your battery.

A clean grill might not make barbecue weather get here sooner, but it sure couldn't hurt.