Propane for Your Commercial Needs
Iowa ranks fourth among the states in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consumption. Approximately 75% of this propane is consumed by Iowa’s business sector, including farmers, who use propane to dry their corn during wet years.
Recognized for its environmental benefits and as a safe and versatile energy source, propane is also widely used in manufacturing, lawn care and landscaping, tourism and transportation.
Businesses that rely heavily on propane include restaurants, hotels, resorts, dry cleaners, greenhouses, offices and warehouses. It’s also the fuel of choice to provide power for fleets and industrial sites. Builders and developers also incorporate propane into their construction plans to a wide degree.
Commercial propane advantages
- Propane doesn’t contaminate soil or water like gasoline or diesel. The risk of fuel theft is minimal. Additionally, it gives you portable power when and where you need it.
- Propane is the best choice for backup generators for businesses since it can be stored indefinitely, and will not deteriorate over time (like gasoline) or gel up in winter (like diesel).
- More than 60% of alternative-fueled vehicles nationwide run on propane autogas, including buses, fleet trucks, forklifts, lawnmowers and farm tractors. Propane autogas is the third most popular vehicle fuel, next to gasoline and diesel.
- Across the country, 12,000 propane-powered school buses—including more than 200 in Iowa—transport 600,000 children every school day.
- Many vehicle manufacturers now make bi-fuel (or dual-fuel) models that run equally well on either propane autogas or gasoline, and all of the major commercial lawn mower manufacturers now supply models that run on propane autogas.
- Today’s continuous-flow propane-powered grain dryers were designed to meet the needs of modern fast-paced, high-yield operations. Not only are these dryers up to 50% more efficient, their clean-burning technology produces fewer engine deposits. That’s less maintenance and less downtime for your business.
- Propane can keep your business going even when power lines are down, protecting your production process. Plus, propane burns clean and it’s considered a green choice for the environment.
Multiple unit service
Some propane companies can provide metered services for shopping centers, commercial strips, condominiums and apartment complexes. Numerous complexes utilize single or multiple storage tanks installed above ground or underground (depending on space or aesthetic requirements). Tanks are sized according to present and potential requirements. This eliminates the need to re-excavate a site for any unanticipated future needs.
Some propane dealers can also design a propane refill system with all zoning, building, safety and training requirements in mind. Refill stations are typically used for the refueling of residential portable barbecue tanks. But they can also be installed for companies that refill their own forklift cylinders, auto/truck engine fuel, temporary heat cylinders, hot air balloons and other uses.
Propane is the perfect choice to help businesses meet their energy needs! Check with your propane dealer to find out about propane delivery for business, commercial gas tanks, portable heaters, generators and more.
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*US Census Bureau, US Dept. of Energy