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Frequently Asked Questions About Propane Installations

Posted on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 03:20 PM

Are you building a rural property and are at the stage of considering your heating fuel source? For many homeowners the choice is clear - and it's economical, eco-friendly propane!

We've written about the many environmental benefits of choosing propane, and talked about how versatile the energy is - as it can be used in so many different functions, furnace heating, clothes driers, ranges, cooktops, BBQs, water tanks, etc.

When you've decided propane is right for your home / cottage, or commercial business such as farm, greenhouse or restaurant then the next step is to learn more about installation.

Your Budget Propane sales representative will be pleased to go over this with you, and help you choose from upright or torpedo tanks and discuss options for tank location. In addition, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions that you can review.

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Topics: Installation, Propane Cylinders

The Propane Story: Your Complete Guide Propane and its Uses

Posted on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 01:49 PM

Whether you are buying a new property off the grid, looking to find a new cost-effective way to power your business or simply need a gas supply to operate your barbecue, you have probably heard of propane gas before. 

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Topics: Propane Benefits

New to Propane? Here's a Guide for Homeowners

Posted on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 @ 05:12 PM

According to real estate news, 2020 saw a trend for homeowners to move out of larger towns and cities and relocate to a rural community. This was partially because of so many companies transitioning to a remote workforce, where all that was needed was a quiet space and an internet connection for office workers to complete their work. Urban homeowners saw an opportunity to pull up stakes and settle into a year-round rural retreat with all the associated benefits of country living.

Housing in rural or even remote areas, is quite different than in cities - especially when it comes to energy.

Many communities in central Ontario, especially smaller villages, do not have access to natural gas and so homes are either heated by electricity, oil, or propane.

Home buyers often calculate into the purchase price how much it would cost to renovate and upgrade a property to forced air propane with central air conditioning.  Cost savings, efficiency, and environmental benefits are often cited as the reason for the preference for propane.

If you are new to propane as an energy source for your home, we've put together some helpful information in the form of a complimentary downloadable guide (PDF).

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Topics: Cottage Propane Services, Home & Cottages, Propane Benefits

Commercial Restaurant Kitchens Choose Propane

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 01:20 PM

Professional chefs prefer cooking on gas, hands-down. According to propane.com over 96% of chefs would rather cook with a gas range. And it's easy to see why.

Gas ranges, cooktops and ovens provide precise temperature control, even heating, and instant on/off capabilities saving valuable time in a busy restaurant kitchen.

And just as quickly as the cooktop heats up, it also cools down fast and this can help prevent over-cooking and is also a safety feature. Electric cooktops can stay very hot for several minutes after being shut off and that increases the potential for burn accidents.

But, there are some other reasons why chefs choose gas cooking over electric and it has to do with costs. Propane is a cost-effective energy, traditionally much cheaper than electricity. Propane has higher BTUs than both electricity and natural gas so a propane stove creates much more powerful heat with less energy consumed.

Propane also burns clean with a low carbon content so it leaves almost no residue. This helps keep propane appliances clean and serviceable longer than natural gas or electric stoves / ranges.

In summary - propane commercial cooking equipment is top-rated by professionals in the restaurant and hospitality industry because:

  1. precise temperature control
  2. more even heating
  3. faster heating and cooling down
  4. lower cost
  5. cleaner and more environmentally friendly

Restaurants and commercial hospitality establishments need to provide the best quality food at the lowest operating costs. Propane in professional kitchens helps owners achieve these results.

Of course, many home and cottage owners also select propane kitchen appliances for exactly the same benefits as those working in commercial kitchens.

And for homeowners, they can utilize one source of clean energy, propane to cook food, dry clothes, and heat the house - all off the electrical grid.

To find out more about switching from electricity to propane in your home or for your restaurant in central Ontario, get in touch with us. We'd be happy to speak with you and provide a quote for propane service.

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Topics: Propane Appliances, Propane Benefits

Water Heater - Electric or Propane?

Posted on Wed, Mar 03, 2021 @ 12:33 PM

Are you thinking of replacing an old electric hot water heater and would like to take advantage of your existing on-site propane supply? It makes sense!  Propane water heaters are a great choice as they are highly efficient and will help you save a significant amount on your energy bills.

When you live in a rural location, it often comes down to a choice between electricity and propane for home heating. With decades of high electricity costs, propane has been the preferred option.  If you have already converted to a propane furnace you may still be heating water with electricity or even cooking on an electric stove. To maximize the environmental and cost benefits of propane you should plan to change those appliances over to propane.

Learn more about the benefits in this article ‘Pull the Plug on Electricity: How a Propane Water Heater Can Save You Money’.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Propane for Agricultural & Horticultural Businesses

Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 05:54 PM

Propane is a versatile fuel used across many industries include agricultural and horticultural businesses: family farms, commercial farms, commercial horticultural greenhouses for food production and gardening plants, wineries, and more...

Agricultural businesses benefit from the lower cost of propane energy, higher efficiencies, and having a fuel that can be used for a wide range of applications across the entire farming operation.

For example, propane can be used for:

1. Building heat -  homes, processing buildings, barns, livestock buildings, storage buildings, greenhouses. Propane heats building efficiently and provides a consistent heat source needed for healthier plants and animals.

2. Irrigation equipment - propane powered irrigation engines can save up to 50% over diesel

3. Grain dryers - propane crop dryers are up to 50% more efficient than older models and they run cleaner and last longer.

4. Standby generators

5. Farm vehicles

As a low emission, green energy source, propane is the preferred fuel for agricultural operations that are environmentally focused and interested in climate change and reducing emissions.

Here's some quick facts from propane.com

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Topics: Commercial Propane

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