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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.

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.

Our Esko, Minnesota branch found a clever way to use propane tanks to brighten their customers’ days. Branch Manager Tara Johnson painted large propane tanks outside the branch to look like fishing bobbers and Jack-o’-lanterns a few months ago after finding the idea on Pinterest. She then turned to Service Technician Mat Danger for help with welding to turn several small propane cylinders into cow and pig planters for the building’s entrance.

Customers are loving the decorations. “Everyone thinks it’s very unique,” she said. “Everyone wants one of the piggy planters.” Despite increased demand, Tara said she doesn’t plan to make any more planters, saying they’d be so busy creating cows and pigs, they’d barely have time to sell propane.

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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:

cookoutThis summer, you’ll probably be firing up the grill as often as you can. But nothing’s worse than turning it on to find you’re completely out of propane. Unless everyone likes their burgers extra rare, you’re gonna need to make a run to a propane dealer before you can cook them.

So the smart thing to do is to make sure you have enough propane before you toss anything on the grill. Here are a few easy ways to do that.

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