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How Propane Can Power Your Business

Posted: December 14, 2018

Are you a business owner, or a decision maker for your company?

What if we told you that you may have an opportunity to lower your expenses, improve your performance and efficiency, increase reliability, and increase your support of American industry in your purchasing decisions?

Propane can do that!

Propane can be the fuel that powers your business growth.

propane powers business growth

Across a wide range of industries, more and more business owners are switching to propane in both large and small-scale applications to give themselves a competitive edge:

Could you be one of them?

Here are just a few brief examples of how (and why) today’s businesses are relying on propane more and more:

Commercial Fleets

Propane autogas is one of the most widely used alternative fuels, and for good reason. In addition to saving an average of 30 to 40 percent on fuel costs per mile driven alone, propane-powered vehicles enjoy:

  • Smoother and quieter performance
  • Lower maintenance costs and longer engine life
  • Equivalent power for heavy duty applications compared with gasoline
  • Significantly lower emissions and pollutants

Converting your existing fleet to run on propane is relatively simple and, considering how many miles commercial vehicles will log during their service life, the improvements will more than pay for themselves in most cases.

And while propane filling stations are more available than you might realize (over 500 autogas fueling stations in Michigan alone), the gasoline tank will still be usable in emergencies. All you have to do is flip a switch.

Whether you’re running a fleet of limousines, taxi cabs, delivery trucks, school buses, or even emergency vehicles, propane makes a lot of sense.

propane autogas

Work Vehicles and Equipment

Of course, it isn’t just traditional, on-the-road commercial vehicles that reap the benefits of propane power. It makes an awesome choice for other work vehicles and industrial equipment, including:

  • Forklifts. Propane forklifts offer exceptional convenience and flexibility compared to other power sources. Unlike diesel, they are quiet enough and have low enough emissions to be used indoors. And they are much more convenient than electric, since they can be refueled quickly instead of spending hours recharging (while taking up precious floor space).

  • Lawnmowers. Whether you use simple push mowers for your business property or large industrial mowers for your farm or golf course, propane offers easier fueling, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and reduced environmental impact.There are no costly and damaging gasoline spills with propane.

  • Agricultural equipment. Propane can help you reduce your costs and improve reliability and flexibility when used to power equipment such as tractors, irrigation systems, grain dryers, flame weed control, barn heating, and more.

  • Cooking equipment. Propane is already overwhelmingly popular for personal grills and outdoor cooking equipment. But restaurants and commercial kitchens also recognize the value of propane-powered stoves, fryers, and grills—including safety, faster cooking times, and less flavor transfer. Propane is also the obvious choice for portable kitchens and food trucks.
cooking with propane

Backup Generators

A standby generator for your business is a crucial investment. Office environments need power to run computers, servers, and any phones not on a conventional landline (for example, power over ethernet). Retail stores and restaurants, obviously, need power to serve their customers, too. If there’s an outage—even for just a couple of hours—the cost in lost productivity and sales can be significant.

With a generator, you always hope you’ll never need it—but if you do, you’ll be very, very glad it’s there. And for emergency applications, propane is an excellent choice for your standby generator.

Although all fuel sources have their strengths and weaknesses in regard to running costs, power, and the like, propane excels in emergency backup applications because the fuel is shelf-safe and won’t degrade over time like gasoline and diesel will. Even if you go months—or years—between outages, your propane standby generator will kick in and run efficiently.

Better still, propane generators tend to run much quieter and are more environmentally friendly than the alternatives. That means less noise pollution for your employees and customers—and less actual pollution for the earth.

Dependable, Reliable Delivery

As a business, you need a few things from your fuel source. Cost certainty for budgeting. A great relationship with your supplier. Confidence that you’ll always have what you need, when you need it.

With propane, you don’t have to worry. Abundant domestic supply, consistent delivery schedules, and the ability to store excess tanks on your property safely means you don’t have to worry about running out, and can proactively plan ahead for any upcoming weather events (rather than being at the mercy of the aging electric grid or natural gas pipelines).

At the same time, flexible billing options and payment plans allow you to lock in cost certainty for your budget even as the market price fluctuates. And your supplier will, in all likelihood, be a local business staffed by members of your community with familiar names and faces—not a distant, monolithic corporate entity.

American Business Supporting American Business

Virtually all the propane used in the United States is made domestically—and most of the tiny leftover remainder comes from our next-door neighbors, Canada and Mexico.

That’s a huge contrast to, say, petroleum and gasoline, a substantial portion of which is imported and/or supplied by foreign nations and companies.

Supporting American business whenever possible keeps more money in the domestic economy and benefits everyone, including (indirectly) your own business. Plus, in this case it helps us protect and grow our nation’s energy independence, too.

Interested in learning more? Please take the time to review the free information on this website in detail, or reach out to your local propane distributor.