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Propane for Earth Month: Clean, Versatile, and Sustainable Energy Solution

As we celebrate Earth Month, it is essential to explore sustainable energy alternatives that can reduce our carbon footprint and promote a cleaner environment. Propane emerges as an eco-friendly fuel source that ticks all the boxes. In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits of propane, its significant contributions to a greener future, and how it can be an ideal choice for environmentally conscious individuals.

Clean Burning Fuel

Propane is a clean-burning fuel that emits significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels. With its low carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, propane helps improve air quality and reduce the impact on climate change. By using propane as an alternative to fossil fuels, we can take a step towards achieving a cleaner and greener environment.

Versatile Applications

Propane’s versatility extends to a wide range of applications. It is commonly used for residential heating, cooking, water heating, and powering appliances like dryers and fireplaces. Additionally, propane finds extensive use in agriculture, serving as a clean fuel for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, and generators. Its portability and reliability make it an ideal energy solution for off-grid locations and emergency power backup. Propane’s flexibility ensures that it can seamlessly integrate into various aspects of our daily lives.

Renewable Propane

With the increasing demand for renewable energy, renewable propane has emerged as a sustainable alternative. Derived from sustainable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste products, renewable propane offers a carbon-neutral option. It can directly replace conventional propane without any modifications to existing infrastructure or equipment. By embracing renewable propane, we can significantly reduce the carbon emissions associated with propane use and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Energy Efficiency

Propane is renowned for its high energy efficiency. It enables precise temperature control and quick response times, making it ideal for space heating and water heating applications. Propane furnaces and boilers outperform their electric counterparts, providing cost savings and reducing overall energy consumption. Furthermore, propane-powered appliances like stoves, dryers, and water heaters have shorter operating times, resulting in lower energy consumption. By adopting propane as an energy source, individuals can not only reduce their environmental impact but also enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient solutions.

During Earth Month and beyond, propane stands out as a clean, versatile, and sustainable energy solution. Its clean burning properties, versatility across various applications, the emergence of renewable propane, and high energy efficiency make it an excellent choice for individuals seeking to minimize their carbon footprint. By embracing propane, we can contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for our planet. If you are interested taking a step towards a cleaner and greener future, call us today to schedule your propane delivery!  

Propane Safety Tips

At Styer Propane, we take a tremendous amount of time and energy to ensure that our employees and customers are safe in their handling, transportation, and use of propane. We have made it our number one goal to provide comprehensive safety information to our customers through print and online materials.

If you smell gas in your home here are some things to remember:

  • Avoid Open Flames and Sparks– Put out any open flames and do not cause any sparks or attempt to create an open flame. Flames or sparks can trigger an explosion or fire.
  • Evacuate the Area– Have everyone in the building or home evacuated from the area you suspect gas it leaking.
  • Shut Off the Propane– If it is safe, turn off the propane from the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise)
  • Report the leak– Call your propane retailer, 911, or your local fire department. Keep everyone from returning to the building or home until your propane retailer determines it is safe to do so.
  • Get your system checked– Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak free.

A gas leak can be very dangerous if the situation is not handled properly, so it is important to follow these steps carefully. Getting your system regularly maintenance can lower the risk of issues with your propane supply. If you have any questions about propane safety, ask a Styer Propane Professional and they will be happy to address your concerns.

Ways to Save on Propane

This winter is turning out to be another expensive energy season, but at Styer we are committed to bringing you honest, competitive pricing like always. With prices soaring across the energy industry, it is important now more than ever to make sure your home is using propane efficiently so price fluctuations affect you as little as possible.

Plan ahead for the winter season

Each year we offer our Pre-Buy Program which guarantees a price for a certain amount of propane. When our customers sign up for the Pre-Buy Program they commit to purchasing a certain amount of propane and we commit to charging no more than the price per gallon you agreed to. So, this means that if the prices go up during the season you will still pay the same amount per gallon! This is a great way to make your energy bills more manageable throughout the season. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for announcements.

We also offer a 12 month budget plan that start in May of the current year. This plan allows customers to make monthly payments on their account, which should be more affordable than a full delivered amount. If you want to learn more about our budget plan option, click the button below or call our offices to discuss.

Keeping the Heat

Most houses are full of small holes and gaps, that could be the culprit of your rising energy bill. These gaps could be in the foundation, around the doors and windows, and in the attic. Finding those air leaks in your house could help keep the heat inside your home. Another way to make sure you are efficiently heating your space is to make sure your house has proper insulation. With insufficient or aging insulation, it is going to be very difficult to keep the heat inside you home.

Get Smart!

Many homeowners are opting out of the traditional programmable thermostats and getting a smart thermostat. Why? The main reason being, it can cut your energy use by 10 to 12 percent! These smart thermostats track your temperature preferences and patterns so that it can lower and raise your home’s temperature. It even knows when to use less heating and cooling when the house is empty and more when you’re home. And the best feature is that it’s done automatically, so there is no effort needed by you.

Choosing Styer Propane for all your propane needs

We are a local family owned business, so we understand how important it is to save money. For years we have been serving Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Berks County, and the entire Philadelphia area. We pride ourselves on honest, hard work that has made our family proud for decades. Our goal is to deliver high quality customer service and to bring you competitive prices. If want to learn more about our propane service and budget options, call us today at (610) 458-8389.

It’s the Holiday Season and Soon the Holiday Weather Will Follow

As far as winter weather is concerned, ours has been pretty mild so far! Up North they have already had their first snow, so we know that it is not too far away at this point. Maybe this holiday season will bring Jack Frost along with it.

In the evenings we have been having some colder temperatures and as the temperature continues to drop, your home will use more propane. If you are a will-call customer, remember to request fuel delivery when your tanks are at 35% (or anywhere below). Don’t wait until your tank is at risk of running out of propane. Nobody likes having the shivers with a full belly of turkey!

We want to remind all our customers once that winter weather hits, our drivers cannot safely deliver to driveways that are not passable. If a driveway has a significant amount of uncleared snow and ice, especially if it is on an incline, please be aware that our drivers will not make a delivery until conditions change. Additionally, we ask any customers expecting a delivery to please clear snow from the tank covers prior to a drivers arrival. For those who have underground tanks, we kindly ask you to mark your tanks with a stick or flag so that our drivers can easily recognize when then get to your property for a propane delivery. We would also appreciate it if customers would please shovel a path to the tank or tank fill so that our drivers have an opportunity to easily find and fill your propane as they make their way to all customers during times of rough weather.

We thank all of our customers for helping us ensure safe deliveries year after year and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

A Reminder to Have Your System Maintained

The calendar says August and the thermometer says 90 degrees, but believe it or not, now is the exact time of year that you want to call your HVAC company to schedule your pre season heating system check. The first rule of owning any kind of mechanical equipment is if you take care of it, it will take care of you. That rule applies to your vehicle, your lawnmower, and yes, the several connected pieces of equipment that make your heating system run effectively and safely.

Why schedule now? Well, for starters, if you are on a maintenance agreement, you are likely already paying for it, so you should certainly get what you are paying for. But, more specifically, most HVAC contractors’ schedule get these maintenance appointments completed for all customers prior to the first frost. In our area, this means they want to be on the other side of maintenance visits by the end of September. This is because as soon there is a first frost, that is about the time they get calls for malfunctioning systems (usually from folks who have not had their maintenance visits).

Remember, it nearly always costs more money to fix a problem than it does to prevent one. Take care of your heating system and it will take care of you!

There’s Still Plenty of Winter

With January firmly in the rearview mirror, it is easy to begin having warm thoughts of springtime and green trees. However, February always takes its due and we’ve even had some brutal Marches in the past few years. This is why we let our will-call customers know how important it is that they call prior to their tanks getting below 30%. Cold snaps can hit at any time and so can debilitating winter weather. Frigid temps and nasty roads mean that our call volume goes through the roof and/or it becomes harder to reach customers as easily as we normally can.

For most of our customers, we offer automatic delivery. Styer Propane has serveral comprehensive pricing and service programs that factor into accounting for the size of your tank(s), the size of your home, the number of appliances you have which run off of propane and even the outside temperature over time (degree days). Using these metrics we are able to estimate the volume of all of the tanks for all of our customers we server every day. When a customer gets to a certain estimated volume, a delivery order is created and that customer receives a deliver within a few days. It is very rare that our estimates for our automatic delivery customers are incorrect. When they are, it is often due to an unforeseen variable. For example, if a customer adds a second gas dryer in the home and did not notify Styer Propane, they may go for a while using more gas than we may have estimated otherwise.

For those customers on will-call, please remember to call us for an order when your tank is at 30%. It is the responsibility of will-call customers to notify us of a need for delivery. We ask that you place your order at the 30% mark because, especially during times of high volume, it can take us several days to get to all of our customers. If it is snowy and icy outside and we have a backlog of orders, it would not be good if you waited until your tank got to 10 or 5 percent before placing an order. Doing so could create a risk of you and your family running out of propane.

If you have any questions about your plan or our policies, please do not hesitate to call our office to speak to a Styer professional anytime.

Weather and Holiday Notes from Styer

We hope everyone out there is getting into the holiday spirit! We are so excited about Thanksgiving and hope all of you are as well. Please not that our office will be closed on Thursday, November 28th so that our folks can spend the holiday with their families.

So far this Fall, we have had a number of nights in with lows in the 20s. Your home will go through more propane when temps are lower. it is important for will-call customers to call in orders when tanks are at 35%. Don’t wait until your tank is super low or you risk running out!

Winter is Just Around the Corner

This winter we also ask that all clients understand that our drivers cannot safely deliver to driveways that are not passable. If a driveway has a significant amount of uncleared snow and ice, specifically if it is on any sort of incline, please note that our drivers will not be able to make a delivery until conditions change. Accordingly, we ask that customers expecting deliveries please clear snow from driveways and tank covers prior to a driver’s arrival. We also would appreciate it if customers would please shovel a path to the tank or tank fill so that our drivers have an opportunity to easily find and fill your propane as they make their way to all customers during times of rough weather. For those customers with underground tanks, we kindly ask you to mark your tanks with a stick, a flag or some sort of marker that our drivers can easily recognize when they visit your property for a propane delivery.

We thank all of you for helping us to ensure save deliveries year after year and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Fall

As we begin to see overnight lows in the 40s, there is no denying that Fall is upon us. It is a fabulous time of the year as Chester County and the surrounding area seems to turn a glorious yellow-orange everywhere you look. In addition to using propane to heat your home this time of the year, we are often eager to remind folks that there are a number of other great uses for our product during the chillier months on the calendar.

First of all, propane patio heaters are a wonderful way to extend the outdoor season and increase the usability of the outdoor living spaces on your property. Safe and warm, these beautiful and brilliant pieces of equipment can be purchased online or at nearly any hardware store or home center.

Speaking of heat, propane firepits are all the rage right now among suburban and country homeowners. Like patio heaters, they are a favorite of those who take to the patio or back yard for their recreation. It is quite joy to enjoy a crisp fall evening in an Adirondack chair next to one of these marvels.

In addition to these wonderful contraptions, don’t forget your backyard grill can still serve as your most popular appliance year round. At Styer Propane, we are obviously huge fans of this versatile and efficient brand of energy. We hope are too…all year long!

A Note About Icy Driveways

We are thrilled that this winter has been much kinder than the winter of 2013-2014. However, we have had enough winter weather to make it difficult at times for our trucks to get up icy and uncleared driveways. Our most difficult challenges are those driveways that have gone uncleared and where snow has been packed down over a few days. We request that any customers requesting service for the remainder of winter please take care to see driveways and walkways be cleared for the safety of our drivers. We thank you all in advance for our cooperation.

Thank You for a Great Year

The year that was 2014 was a wild one for sure. Certainly, making it through the winter tested the strength of our equipment, the nerve of our drivers and the patience of pretty much everyone in the Delaware Valley. This past year was a great year for all of us here at Styer Propane and it is all due to our fabulous customers and amazing staff. We would like to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year as we look forward to serving all of your propane needs in 2015!