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improve outdoor spaceSummer means spending more time outside. But propane usage in the summer isn’t limited to your grill. There are lots of ways propane can help you improve your outdoor area. Here are a few, from the Propane Education and Research Council.

Outdoor Fireplaces

They offer the coziness of a bonfire with the simple flip of a switch. And when it’s time to turn in for the night, you don’t need to haul out a bucket of water. They’re just as easy to turn off as they are to start up.

digDoing some digging this weekend?

Not so fast. You can’t see them, but propane and other utility lines are buried all around. And even planting a garden can disturb them. So before you pick a shovel, pick up a phone.

Minnesota law requires homeowners or contractors to notify utility line owners before they dig. They can do this by calling Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at 8-1-1, or at GopherStateOneCall.org. GSOC can be contacted up to 14 days before a dig.

switching to propane from hAbout 6 million households in the U.S. still use heating oil in their homes. If you’re one of them, it might be time to start looking into propane to heat your home instead. Here are some reasons to make the switch, courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

Propane costs less. Switching to a high-efficiency propane heating system could save you more than $500 a year on heating costs.

Propane is better for the environment. It releases fewer CO2 emissions than heating oil and electric heating units combined.

GeneratorSummer weather isn’t all sunshine. It can bring thunderstorms and tornadoes, both of which can cause power outages. And outages are on the rise in recent years, leaving many residential electricity customers without power for long stretches.

So if you’re reliant on electricity, you need some backup. Here are some reasons you may want to look into a propane-powered generator, courtesy of Propane Education and Research Council.

They can be permanently installed and supplied by an above or below-ground tank. That lets the generator kick on automatically as soon as ten seconds after the power goes down, so you can continue to use your appliances without interruption.

School busWhen your child gets on the school bus this fall, it could be propane that’s powering their ride.

More and more school districts are turning to propane-powered school buses. In fact, according to a map compiled by Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), there are 495 propane autogas school buses on the road in Minnesota and 583 in Wisconsin. That’s 60 districts in this region alone.

Here’s why some districts are making the switch, according to PERC:

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