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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.

PropaneIf you’re a longtime propane user, you probably know what propane smells like. The rotten egg, skunky odor is added by propane companies so you can detect a leak. And you’ve probably told everyone else in your home how to recognize the smell and how to react when they do.

That’s all good, but according to Propane Gas Association of New England, it may not be enough.

Several factors, ranging from having a cold to being in a room with competing smells, can make it harder to pick up the odor. And a phenomenon known as odor loss can stop there from being any odor to pick up at all.

lawnmower2Spring is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means it’s lawnmower season. If you hire a lawn maintenance company to handle your mowing, there’s a good chance it might be using propane to fuel its equipment.

According to an article in Landscape Management Magazine, recent Propane Research and Education Council (PERC) research showed at least one third of landscape contractors are considering switching to propane in the next three years.

Many contractors are attracted to the environmentally friendly qualities of propane as well as its low cost, but low gasoline prices may be stopping others from making the switch, as saving money on fuel isn’t a current priority for them.

spring savingsSpring weather is unpredictable. One day, you’re wearing shorts, the next you’re digging out your winter coat. But temperature changes don’t have to mean higher propane heating bills. Here are some tips from the Propane Council to help you conserve propane.

Leave the door open when you shower. It can help increase the humidity in your house, making you feel warmer, so you don’t have to crank up the heat.

Farmers2Farmers are finding huge benefits when they switch to propane-powered equipment, recent Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) data show.

During a 2015 PERC Propane Farm Incentive Program, participating farmers saw farmers who switched to propane engine operators slashed their fuel costs by 58%, while those who switched to propane-powered grain dryers reduced costs associated with yield losses and energy consumption by 43%.

The data was collected from the 2015 program, in which 87 participants from 20 states operated several models of propane-fueled irrigation engines, grain dryers, flame weeding systems, generators and greenhouse heating systems. PERC collected the data in exchange for financial incentives toward propane-powered equipment for those who participated.

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