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Rotten EggsRotten eggs. It’s the smell most closely associated with propane. And if you’ve ever been close to a leak, you’ve undoubtedly experienced the noxious odor for yourself.

But what you may not know is propane itself is actually odorless in its natural state. The odor comes courtesy of an additive called Ethyl Mercaptan. It’s added to the propane, so you can detect a leak and react accordingly.

Energy Efficient More efficient propane appliances mean lower energy costs.

Here are some tips from the Propane Education and Research Council to improve your energy efficiency and save you money.

Consider Energy Star Appliances

If it’s time to replace an appliance, choose an Energy Star certified model. They use far less energy than standard appliances. Get more information on the Energy Star program and search for appliances here.


We are wasting no time getting into the holiday spirit!

Checkout our Christmas tree decorated with Lakes Gas keychain flashlights and a star made of Lakes Gas pens at our Mora, Minnesota location!






thumbIt’s getting cold out there! And if you’re like us, you’re looking for safe, affordable ways to stay toasty this season. To that end, here are some of our favorite propane heaters on the market.

The product: Dyna-Glo Liquid Propane Infrared Vent Free Heater

Why we love it: This 30,000 BTU indoor heater has state-of-the-art vent-free technology, making it safe to use inside, even without a chimney or flue. What’s more, you’ll get extra peace-of-mind from the built-in oxygen depletion sensor that automatically shuts the unit off if it detects carbon monoxide. And since it doesn’t require electricity, it’s great for power outages, or remote cabins.

Kids and propaneLooking for a fun way to teach your little ones about propane?

The U.S Energy Information Agency has your back.

They published a fun children’s activity booklet on their website called Energy Activities with Energy Ant to teach children about propane and other energy sources like water and ethanol in kid-friendly language.

The booklet features “The Tale of Little Big Fuel,” to help kids learn about propane.  It also includes lots of games and activities to help reinforce the lessons in a fun way.

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