Propane-Fueled Farm Equipment Incentives

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Farmers looking for innovative new ways to power their farm equipment can take advantage of purchase incentives of up to $5,000 when they purchase eligible propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014.  These incentives are part of the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) attempt to reduce harmful impacts on the environment as well as help farmers improve their bottom line.

In 2013, the PERC saw record results, distributing more than $627,000 in purchase incentives to farmers across all 50 states.  This number is reflective of 219 farmers purchasing new propane-fueled irrigation engines, grain dryers and other eligible equipment.  To receive these incentives it was required that farmers supply feedback and performance data to the PERC.

Those farmers looking to purchase cost-effective and efficient propane-fueled equipment in 2014 can receive purchase incentives up to $5,000 on eligible equipment by simply filling out an enrollment application.  As in year’s past, performance data and feedback will be required prior to receiving incentives.  According to the PERC, nearly 865,000 farms in the U.S. currently use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and process crops.

“Propane is an extremely versatile fuel, and PERC is continually working with manufacturers to improve and build on existing technology,” Leitman said. “The feedback and performance data we receive from farmers who participate in the Propane Farm Incentive Program helps us build better technology to meet the needs of those who use it the most: farmers.”

For more information regarding the Propane Farm Incentive Program and eligible equipment you can contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245.  To learn more about our company and our services please feel free to browse our website at arizonapropane.com today.

Should drivers be nervous about using auto-gas in their cars?

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The answer to this question is very simple, NO, actually propane has better safety records than gasoline, the auto-gas is in a puncture resistant tank, and if that’s not enough, there are other safety systems to ensure that no gas escapes.

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Now that you know, driving an auto-gas car is not only safety but also cheaper, you might be wondering, Can a normal car run on Auto-gas? and the answer is, Yes, you can convert any car to auto-gas, the conversion cost around $5.000, if you are thinking that $5.000 is too much money, think again, after the first  25.000 miles you recovered the investment, by saving money at the pump.

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If you were worried about, driving an auto-gas vehicle, you should put those feeling aside, it is more safety than driving an Gasoline car, you will be saving money from your pocket, and helping the environment.

Here is a short video demonstrating how Auto-gas is more safety than normal gasoline cars.

 

The real smell of Propane

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Propane in its Natural form is colorless, and odorless, this makes it really hard for people to detect any leak. That’s why manufactures deliberately add a chemical compound to give it that unpleasant smell that we are all so used to.

The odorized propane smells like rotten eggs, or a dead animal. The reason why they chose this unpleasing smell is because of the need of alerting people about a possible leak as fast as they smell it. Just think about it, if propane smells like strawberries nobody would feel uncomfortable with a leak, this creates a really dangerous situation.

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If you are worried that you or others in your household may have difficulty smelling propane you can always install a propane gas detector, this detectors activate an alarm if they sense the presence of propane.

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Never ignore the smell of propane, and if you own an alarm act immediately even if you don’t smell the propane.

Getting Educated on Propane

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Ever wonder if other Americans, like you, have been interested in converting their vehicles to propane autogas? Being able to save on fuel, and possibly qualifying for government tax credits are just two of the benefits.

Recently in Mesa Arizona, public schools have made the decision to go green in a way that will revolutionize transportation. A count of 61 school buses, now being fueled by propane auto gas, makes this our nations first complete fleet. It is estimated that in a mere 5 years Mesa schools will reap benefits estimating at $4.4 million in saving alone!

Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane and is also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). A more common use for auto gas is in the household generator. It is the third most popular fuel in the world, being used as “green fuel” and reducing exhaust emission by 25%. After many years of trial and error in trying to pinpoint the best and most cost effective way to become environmentally friendly, Mesa Public Schools found it out and is now the leader in alternative fuel both in district and nationwide. Starting a trend, Mesa Public Schools has helped skyrocket propane autogas school bus sales to an all-time high.

Since February 2012 more than 270,000 auto gas vehicles have hit the streets in an effort to help save the planet, accounting for a mere 2% of the world’s total. In an effort to make converting easier and hassle free for America, the United States has over 2.843 autogas fueling stations across the country. Ever reaching above the curve, the goal of Mesa Public Schools is to become the first fleet in the nation to run a 100% all propane autogas fleet. Mesa’s director of transportation and vehicle maintenance, Ron Latko, happily accepted an award for leadership in converting to low emission. Latko said, “We are committed to showing parents and residents in our community that we’re doing everything we can to be fiscally and environmentally responsible…”. He finished with, “The fuel is green, safe, and proven, and we plan to keep converting diesel buses until we run 100 percent on propane autogas.”.

For more information on Mesa Schools’ effort
resource at : http://www.stnonline.com/home/latest-news/5638-arizona-school-district-receives-propane-award-for-fleet-of-alt-fuel-school-buses-

For more info on converting your vehicle to propane contact us — Arizona Propane (480) 990-2245 or visit our website today!

* Talk to your tax adviser about if/how you qualify for tax credit benefits.

Propane vs. Gasoline

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The Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report has been released and with it some interesting stats on nationwide fuel prices.  Here is an overview of propane vs. gasoline.

Propane National Average per gallon = $2.73

Regular Gasoline National Average per gallon = $3.65

“ Propane prices are lower than gasoline in all regions of the country on a per-gallon basis.  Overall, propane was about 92 cents per gallon less than gasoline, with the largest average price differential of $1.16 per gallon found in the Midwest region. Propane prices in this report are from both private fleet refueling stations and public refueling sites that can provide propane for vehicles and for other uses.” ~Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report, July 2013

Resource Report: To review the complete report – click here

Did You Know?  A gallon of propane has approximately 91,000 BTUs of energy content and a gallon of gasoline has around 125,000 BTUs of energy content. Therefore, in order for a propane gallon to be equivalent in energy content to gasoline it would actually costs the consumer more money.  A lower BTU is better, it reduces the overall amount of energy. Furthermore, the savings with propane continues since it is not subjected to federal and/or state taxes, which could adds another 65-98c per gallon to the cost of gasoline.

Resource Article: To better understand BTUs – click here

With those stats it’s clear that propane is a money saver. Let’s spread the good news about propane saving people money! You can save too! Contact us at Arizona Propane for more information. Arizona Propane is capable of converting vehicles over to propane. We have certified technicians, as well as, certified inspectors. We also repair vehicles that have been converted to propane. For more information on alternative fuels, contact Bob Evans at (480) 990-2245 or send us an email.

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Save Money With Propane Powered Vehicles!

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With gas prices going up, up, up…  it’s time to consider alternative fuel.  Arizona Propane has a great option for you! We have certified technicians & certified inspectors on staff that can can convert your vehicle over to propane.  This is an affordable option and a great way to save money on fuel.   You may even qualify for government tax credits.*

That’s extra savings for you!  Switch to the cleanest alternative fuel available — propane!

According to the Clean Air Act, propane is an approved alternative clean fuel that is non-toxic with low-minimal emissions.  Since propane is a vapor it will not spill, leave puddles or have a residue after contact; therefore, it is not harmful to our water or our soil. Clearly propane is better for the environment, better on your wallet but what about your engine?  Engines that are fueled by propane last up to 3x’s longer than those on traditional gasoline.  OLG Propane explains how it works, “Propane goes into your engine as a vapor, there is no raw fuel entering the cylinders which washes the lubricating oil off the cylinder walls so the piston rings stay better lubricated…” The conversion to propane can happen with only a few modifications to the engine.  Under the hood, you may not even be able to distinguish between the propane components and the factory set up, but you will notice the savings in fuel costs.

Currently over 4 million vehicles in more than 38 countries are fueled by propane.  The good news about propane is finally being shared. You can save money too!  Don’t  be a gas guzzler any longer!

For more info on converting your vehicle to propane contact us — Arizona Propane (480) 990-2245 or visit our website today!

* Talk to your tax advisor about if/how you qualify for tax credit benefits.

Some facts & benefits referenced from OLGPropane’s Resource Article

Propane Energy Pod

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Homeowners and builders alike have been searching for innovative energy solutions for residential homes.  Propane is one of the most accessible, most reliable, most affordable,  energy sources to consider for your home. The main benefit of using Propane  is the versatility to heat  homes, to fuel  stoves and ovens,  to heat water, to fuel the  fireplaces, and even to dry clothes in an integrated, easy to monitor,  home energy package.

Not only will Propane provide exceptional value to the home, it will also reduce the energy expenses.  In fact, homes that are using propane, typically score higher on the HERS index than homes that were using standard methods. An example would be Cornell Home’s smart strategy. Cornell built 263 courtyard townhomes ranging from 1,522 to 1,748 square feet near  Doylestown, PA.  The concept was to build a cost-effective Energy-Star rated development with no reliance on natural gas. The solution was an individually metered central propane distribution system that fed the entire community. Their systems scored an average of 65 in the HERS index which was 30 percent more efficient than homes built to the current code.

Not only is Propane more efficient, it is less harmful than other fuel sources. Studies from organizations including the EPA reveal that propane is an attractive option for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. In some cases, studies found that propane gives off less than half as many greenhouse gas emissions than homes and buildings using an equivalent amount of electricity generated from the U.S. grid.

Whether you are a current homeowner, a business owner, a soon to be homeowner, or a builder, Arizona Propane wishes that you be informed on the many advantages to using propane. Visit our website for more information on how we can service your home for any propane need.

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4th of July Fun for the BBQ

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What’s your favorite recipe for the Fourth of July? Let’s check off the list all the grilling possibilities we have in store for the grill. We have hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, scallops,  grilled steak. hamburgers, cheeseburgers, lamb chops, baby back ribs,  grilled corn, even grilled pizza.

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Now, go back to your favorite 4th of July memories. We probably remember most fondly, the camaraderie found around the picnic table. Or the porch. More than likely, at the table near the grill. We can’t celebrate the 4th of July without such delicious, mouth watering favorites without fuel for the fire. Take note to stock up on propane. You might be thinking there is plenty left over, but imagine hosting or even being at a party where the fuel for the grill runs out! That would put a damper on any event. Arizona Propane has this under control. We will deliver propane to your home, or,  for those hosting a special event for the 4th of July.

Arizona Propane Tank Storage

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The Arizona summer is here and people are asking about their barbecue propane tanks and whether or not it is safe to have them exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Propane tanks come equipped with pressure relief devices. When the pressure reaches a particular level, the pressure relief device opens and releases propane gas in order to avoid a cylinder explosion. When released, propane gas will sink to low spots, vulnerable to any kind of ignition. It is recommended to keep your propane tank out of direct sunlight in order to regulate the appropriate pressure level. Should the propane tank start to leak at the pressure relief device due to a long period of time in the sunlight, you’ll want to move the propane tank to a shaded area, outside and wrap a cool, wet towel around the neck of the tank. Arizona Propane Tank
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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