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realistic propaneWarm weather can be tricky when it comes to budgeting for propane usage. It can be easy to accurately plan for a cold winter but underestimate your needs for the summer. Maybe you forgot about all the propane-powered appliances you normally use this season. Or maybe you’re staring at your usage meter in confusion, thinking you must have a leak because there’s no way you could have used so much.

As Propane101.com points out, unexpected cold snaps during the periods where weather is normally warm can cause you to use much more propane than normal, and leave you confused when you look at your usage.

LandscapingDo you run a landscaping business? You may want to look into propane-powered lawn mowers for your fleet. Companies are finding major benefits to these mowers. Here are some, courtesy of the Propane Research and Education Council (PERC).

Reduced Fuel Cost

Propane mowers cost about 30 percent less to operate per hour than traditional gas mowers. That translates into huge savings you can pass on to your customers.

Environmentally Friendly

Switching to propane isn’t just good for you, it’s good for your customers. Using this “green” gas can allow you to market yourself to customers who care about the environment.

gasleakThink you may have a leak in your propane tank connections? Here’s how to check it out.

Fill a water bottle with a solution of dish soap and water.

Spray a sharp stream of water onto the connections. A wider stream won’t provide enough coverage.

Spread the solution around with a sponge if you need to cover a larger area.

Look for bubbles. If you see them, there’s a leak.

Assess the leak. Usually small bubbles mean a small leak and larger bubbles mean a larger leak.

propane mowerIs it time for a new mower? Before you buy, consider getting a propane-powered lawnmower instead of a traditional gas-powered model.

Why? You could save a lot of money. It may cost a bit more up-front, but the fuel savings will more than make up for it in the long run. According to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), a propane-powered mower costs about 30 percent less per hour to operate. Homeowners who mow a large yard may be pushing a mower for an hour or more at a time. Savings like that will surely make the sweaty task a bit more pleasant.

Dont run out of propane image2Getting low on propane? It’s important to call us for a refill immediately. Running out of propane isn’t just inconvenient, it can also be dangerous. You should refill your tank before your propane level falls below 10 percent.

Here are some safety hazards associated with an empty tank, courtesy of the Propane Gas Association of New England:

  • Leaks could occur if an appliance valve or gas line is left open with no propane supply and then is refilled with propane.
  • Air or moisture could get into an empty tank, causing rust buildup. This can decrease the concentration of propane odor, making it hard to smell propane in the event of a leak.
  • When your propane runs out, your pilot lights will go out, which could be extremely dangerous if not properly handled. Read our post about pilot lights for more information.

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