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earth dayThis Earth Day, April 22nd, you may be wondering how you can help keep the Earth clean and beautiful for generations to come.

If you’re using propane, you’re already taking steps toward that goal.

Propane is a green, environmentally friendly source of energy. Here are some fast facts from Propane101.com.

  • Propane is not classified as a greenhouse gas.
  • It’s not harmful to freshwater or saltwater ecosystems, underwater plant or marine life.
  • Propane won’t harm soil if it is spilled on the ground.
  • Propane will not damage drinking water.
  • Propane vapor doesn’t cause air pollution.
  • Propane vapor is not harmful if it is accidentally inhaled by wildlife or people.
  • Propane will only cause bodily harm if liquid propane comes in contact with skin.

tractorFarmers know how to use propane to fuel the vehicles and heat the buildings on their farms. But a new generation of propane-powered equipment can help make a variety of farm tasks easier. Here’s a rundown from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

Irrigation Engines

The newest propane irrigation engines are more efficient than their predecessors and can result in huge fuel savings over gasoline and diesel.

buy or leaseCongratulations! You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and switch to propane. Get ready to start saving money on energy while enjoying the feeling that you’re helping the environment by using a green fuel.

But before you start, you’ve got one more decision to make: Should you rent or buy your propane tank?

Lakes Gas can sell or lease your tank. Here are some things to consider with each option.

Owning Your Tank

It’s yours, so you can paint it (just stick to a light color to prevent expansion of the gas).

If you plan to sell or rent out your home, the next inhabitants won’t have to find a propane tank.

Lakes Gas offers discounts for customers who own their own tanks. Contact us for details.

Leasing Your Tank

Lakes Gas will maintain the tank and handle repairs.

Fotolia 89732670 SubscriptiIf you’re new to propane, you may not be familiar with pilot lights. Many older propane-powered appliances have these small flames inside them that burn constantly. They’re designed to restart the device’s main burner and prevent gas leaks. And once in a while, they go out.

If your pilot light goes out, it usually means the device has been cut off from propane, either because your propane tank is empty, or the gas has been turned off.

But if it happens more than once every season, it’s time to have it inspected. Frequent issues with your pilot light could signal problems with your appliance, tank, or connection.

where does propane come fromHere’s something you might not know about propane — despite its growing popularity as an inexpensive, environmentally friendly fuel, it’s not created purposefully. It’s actually a byproduct created when crude oil and natural gas are processed.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not plentiful. An increased focus on green energy has created higher demand for natural gas, which in turn means increased propane supplies. Propane produced by crude oil is on the decline as demand for crude oil shrinks.

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