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Learn About Propane: Cylinder Collar Markings

Posted on Sat, Feb 20, 2021 @ 04:54 PM

Did you know it's against the law for an expired or damaged cylinder to be filled?Propane cylinders have a range of identifying marks that tell consumers and handlers if the cylinder is approved and when it was tested.

Here's some information that identifies codes and dates stamped onto the collar.  



A - TC - Transport Canada Design Specification: Shows that the cylinder has been designed to Transport Canada specifications and can be used and filled in Canada. Letters TC

B - Reference TC specification number

C - Working pressure of the cylinder (17 bars=1.7 MPa)

D - Water capacity in litres (volume)

E - Letter T followed by the tare weight (the weight of the empty cylinder including the valve)

F - Manufacture's serial number

G - Manufacturer's name or symbol

H - Test month Manufacture's Serial Stamp - month (2 digits), separator, year (last 2 digits)

I - Space to indicate a retest date. Propane cylinders need to be re-qualified or replaced every 10 years. This date will show when the re-qualification took place.

Download a copy of this propane factsheet from the Canadian Propane Association.

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Topics: Propane Cylinders

Carbon Monoxide Safety - Where to Place Detectors

Posted on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 @ 04:09 PM

As often is the case in the winter, the news has carried some tragic stories about carbon monoxide poisoning.  According to a recent GlobalNews article, "the OPP and Office of the Chief Coroner have issued a warning about “the  dangers of sitting inside a running vehicle for extended periods of time.”  Police say that in older vehicles, small leaks can develop in the exhaust system and potentially lead to a deadly build-up of carbon monoxide inside the vehicle."

Along with carbon monoxide from car exhaust, homeowners need to protect themselves from carbon monoxide leaks from fuel burning furnaces and other heating sources.

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Topics: Propane Safety

6 Reasons Why Propane is Green Energy (Part 2)

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2021 @ 11:16 AM

In the first part of this blog, we looked at important reasons why propane energy is considered a green fuel: specifically how propane contributes to reduced greenhouse gas, lower air pollution, and has a lower impact on the environment in the case of a spill.

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Topics: Environmental Advantages of Propane

6 Reasons Why Propane is Green Energy (Part 1)

Posted on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 @ 03:50 PM

Many home and business owners are working diligently to reduce their carbon footprint and implement better choices for the environment. Fuel efficiency and clean energy is at the top of the list. So, how does propane gas fit into a green solution?

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Topics: Environmental Advantages of Propane

5 Important Reasons to Upgrade Your Oil Furnace to Propane

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 02:32 PM

One of the most important renovations you can make to your home is to upgrade the furnace and ensure your house is as energy efficient as possible. This is especially true if your home is on an oil furnace system.

Many homeowners who are using home heating oil, worry about the implications, extra operating costs, maintenance, negative impact on property value, problems re-selling, etc.

Upgrading to propane will eliminate those concerns and give homeowners the opportunity to also install updated propane appliances such as a water heater, clothes dryer, and kitchen range / oven.

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Automate Your Propane Deliveries This Year

Posted on Sun, Jan 03, 2021 @ 02:16 PM

There are many consumer and workplace trends that will continue into 2021: working from home, limited travel, DIY, home entertainment, online shopping, and smart appliances. Smart appliances use the internet, usually through a WiFi connection to access data to trigger actions. For example, you might have a smart electrical device that your lamp plugs into that has pre-set times to turn the light on and off.

From smart lightbulbs you can control on your phone, to refrigerators that tell you when to order food, to thermostats that optimize your heating, technology - or the 'internet-of-things' is a trend that is only growing across the country.

Being in around the clock control of appliances and services has a lot of advantages. Consumers can make better decisions on utility usage, and for cottage owners who may not be able to travel to their property, remote monitoring gives added peace of mind and convenience.

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Topics: Residential Propane Service

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