See Where Propane Is Going Now
Propane is on the move. Whether it’s fueling the latest in lawn care and landscaping equipment or fueling on-road vehicles, clean, green propane is the right choice.
Lawn mowers that cut grass and greenhouse gases.
Propane is already established as an attractive fuel for the commercial lawn and garden industry. Now propane technology is being used in lightweight handheld tools that feature standard 16.4-ounce camping-style propane canisters as the fuel source. One canister produces enough energy for about two hours of efficient operation. Unlike gasoline engines, propane mowers virtually eliminate fuel spills and require no messy mixing of gasoline and oil. Propane-fueled mowers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by more than 80 percent compared with gasoline mowers.
Demand drives the increase in propane vehicles.
Thousands of commercial, industrial, and service vehicles on America’s roads run on propane autogas, and new models from General Motors, Roush CleanTech, Blue Bird, Collins, and other manufacturers are getting a lot of attention. Worldwide, more than 15 million vehicles, including trucks, buses, taxis, and delivery vehicles, run on propane autogas. Savvy drivers know that since nearly 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies are produced in the United States, propane is a clean, reliable, domestic energy source that can help Americans increase their energy independence.
Tips for safe operation and maintenance
If you're ready to use propane to power your yard maintenance chores, consider the following tips:
- Remove combustible materials. Keep cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, and other flammable liquids away from any type of gas equipment.
- Properly handle and mount tanks. Just as caution should be taken when storing or filling gasoline supplies, you should also take steps to properly handle propane tanks. For example, when changing out a used propane tank on lawn trimmers or blowers, make sure the refilled tank is correctly seated, latched, and connected to the fuel system. For details, ask your propane retailer.
Propane Education & Research Council Invests in Innovation
The Propane Education & Research Council partners with manufacturers to provide financial support for the research and development of innovative propane-fueled products. Our goal is to ensure that energy-efficient propane applications are made available to you and that construction professionals are trained on safely installing and maintaining them in your home. PERC continues to support propane innovation, so clean and efficient propane can become an even more important part of making your house a home.