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    The Benefits of Heating Your Home with Propane

    Last updated 7 hours 27 minutes ago

    With electricity prices nearing all-time highs, homeowners are looking for affordable alternative sources to heat their homes. Not only is propane affordable, but propane heating systems generate as much as 70 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than electricity. And if you live in an area not served by a natural gas main, propane delivery services make it possible to heat your home while enjoying the off-the-grid lifestyle. Propane home-heating systems can also be configured as either central or zone, forced air or radiant.

    To learn more about the inherent benefits of heating your home with propane, contact Tri-Gas & Oil. We are Maryland’s trusted propane delivery company, and our competitive prices are matched by our commitment to delivering unbeatable customer service. Visit our website to learn more about our residential propane delivery services in Maryland, or call us toll-free at (888) 556-6173 to set up delivery at your home. 

    Understanding the Differences Between Natural Gas and Propane

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Although natural gas and propane are both derived from petroleum, there are significant differences between the two gases. Both are great alternative energy sources, but differences in price and performance make natural gas and propane ideal for different applications. Here is a look at the differences between natural gas and propane, as well as how to have propane delivered to your home or business in Maryland.

    Chemical Makeup

    Natural gas is made up of several gases, including butane, ethane, methane, and propane. While propane is a part of natural gas in its raw state, it is actually a hydrocarbon that is separated from other gases during the processing stage. Propane is delivered and stored as a liquid, whereas natural gas can be stored as liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), or in its uncompressed form.

    Energy Content

    In order to compare the energy content and energy potential of natural gas and propane, we must first convert natural gas and propane into cubic feet. One cubic foot of propane contains 2,516 BTUs, compared to 1,030 BTUs in one cubic foot of natural gas. In other words, it is accurate to say that propane contains over twice the usable energy content per cubic foot compared to natural gas.

    Environmental Impact

    When natural gas is discharged into the environment, it is considered a greenhouse gas. Propane, on the other hand, is not classified as such. In other words, propane is a green alternative fuel source before combustion and remains environmentally friendly after it is used and discharged.

    For residential and commercial propane delivery in Maryland, contact Tri-Gas & Oil. Located in Delmarva, MD, Tri-Gas & Oil is your source for propane and heating oil delivery. We are committed to delivering exceptional service and care, and we offer competitive prices on our propane delivery services. To learn more, contact us online or call us toll-free at (888) 556-6173.

    Tips for Storing Your Propane Tank

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Propane is inherently safe, but there are some things to remember when it comes to storing your propane tank. For starters, always store propane outside. If your tank develops a leak, you want the propane to dissipate outside rather than become trapped in an enclosed area. As far as the tank itself goes, look for rust on the tank body and replace a propane tank no longer than 12 years after it was manufactured. For more tips on safely storing your propane tank, watch this short video clip.

    Tri-Gas & Oil installs propane gas tanks in a wide range of sizes for both residential and commercial customers. Contact us today so we can recommend the best size tank for your needs. Visit our website to learn more about our propane tank installation and propane delivery services in Maryland, or call us at (888) 556-6173 to speak with one of our propane experts. 

    Exploring the Many Uses for Propane

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Propane is one of the nation’s most versatile sources of energy. Unfortunately, it only supplies about four percent of our total energy needs. We would like to change that. Why? For starters, it supplies approximately 90 percent the United States’ propane supply is produced domestically. Propane is also incredibly clean, which explains why it is an approved alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act, as well as the National Energy Act of 1992. To help facilitate more propane usage throughout the country, here is a look at some of the different uses of propane

    Alternative Fuel for Vehicles

    With nearly four million vehicles worldwide running on propane, it is one of the most widely used alternative fuels on the planet. In the U.S. alone, more than 350,000 vehicles run on propane. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, more than 80,000 bus, taxi, and delivery services in the United States are fueled by propane, and more than 300,000 forklift trucks make use of the gas.

    On the Farm

    Propane is quickly becoming a staple fuel source in the agricultural industry. Propane is used in a wide range of agricultural applications ranging from crop drying and fruit ripening to space heating and water heating. Farmers also use propane burners to control weed growth.

    Recreational Uses

    Because propane is cheap, portable, and clean-burning, it is used by millions of outdoor enthusiasts and RV owners each year. In motorhomes, propane is used to power everything from gas grills and outdoor gas lights to refrigerators, generators, and heaters. Portable propane grills are the preferred cooking method for campers and outdoorsman everywhere.

    If you want to use more clean, cheap, and domestically-produced propane, contact Tri-Gas & Oil. We provide residential and commercial propane delivery services throughout Maryland and Delaware. Visit our website to learn more about our propane delivery services, or call us toll-free at (888) 556-6173 to schedule propane delivery for your home or business

    Essential Propane Safety Tips for Your Home

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Propane is one of the safest alternative fuels in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Anyone who uses propane is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, building fires, and tank explosions. Fortunately, these types of accidents are very rare and remarkably easy to avoid. Your propane delivery company can perform a propane safety check to make sure your tank and appliances are safe to use. There are also some propane safety tips you can take upon yourself, including: 

    Clear Appliance Vents

    To keep your appliances working properly, and to reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, help your appliances “breathe” by checking and cleaning the vents of your propane appliances at least once a week. Clear away any insect or bird nests inside the vents, as well as any debris around your appliances so plenty of air can reach the burner for proper combustion.

    Keep Tanks Full

    You don’t need to keep your propane tank all the way full all the time, but try to avoid running out of gas whenever possible. If your propane tank runs out, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if your tank is refilled and your pilot lights are not properly lit.

    Smell for Gas

    If you use propane, know what to do the instant you smell gas inside your home or business. Immediately extinguish all open flames and leave the area. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank and report the leak to your propane delivery company. Do not return to your home or building until your propane company determines that it is safe to do so.

    If you smell gas, report the leak to Tri-Gas & Oil. Our drivers and technicians have been specially trained to perform an industry-standard propane safety check, and we can give you the all clear to enter your home or business after you detect a propane gas leak. If you have additional questions about propane delivery or propane safety, call us at (888) 556-6173. 

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