A look at how they stack up against each other
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the electrification movement—the push to use only electric-powered home equipment. A lot of municipalities are trying to bring about the complete electrification of homes. Quite often, the goal is combatting climate change. However, while being environmentally conscious is a great goal, electrification is not the perfect solution that some would have you think it is. When making decisions for your Central or Western New York home, you should consider all the pros and cons of propane versus electricity.
Electricity gets a lot of buzz, but there are lots of reasons propane may be the better choice for your New York home. Here are eight ways propane out-performs electricity:
- Propane saves you money. Appliances that run on propane are extremely efficient and so cost less to operate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save $174 a year just by using a propane water heater instead of an electric one. Overall, propane water heaters can cost between 30%-50% less to operate than their electric counterparts.
- Propane is very versatile. Propane can do more than warm your home. It can also power appliances like your oven, clothes dryer, and water heater. Propane is also useful for outdoor appliances such as grills, pool heaters, and patio heaters.
- Propane is reliable. When extreme weather (or any other event) causes the electric grid to fail, your access to propane won’t be affected. Propane can keep your generator running. And a whole-house generator can keep your whole home up and running (from your HVAC equipment to your security system to all the electronic devices you want to have charged).
- Propane is easy to store. Propane doesn’t degrade over time and propane tanks require very little maintenance and offer a lot of longevity. You can keep one in storage for up to 40 years! And when you’re ready to dispose of your propane tanks, bring them to Irish Propane. For a small fee, we will dispose of your used propane tanks for you according to all of New York State’s regulations for recycling and waste disposal.
- Propane is wherever you need it. Using electricity can get expensive. However, Irish Propane offers reliable propane delivery and fair and honest propane gas prices. Regardless of weather or market conditions, rest assured that we’ll keep you supplied with all the propane you need at a competitive price.
- Propane gets the job done quickly. Propane water heaters work faster than their electric counterparts. A propane water heater can produce twice the volume of hot water as an electric heater in the same time span. Propane clothes dryers can dry your laundry 25% faster than electric dryers and cause less static. Propane space heaters are also significantly more efficient than electric heaters.
- Propane is greener than you think. Propane water heaters produce roughly half the carbon emissions of electric water heaters with a storage tank. In fact, because most of the US electricity supply comes from coal-burning power plants, electricity is the second-largest greenhouse gas source in America (only transportation ranks higher).
- Propane offers longevity. The average lifespan of a propane gas furnace is 20 years. For an electric heat pump, it’s just 14 years.
There are a lot of reasons to choose propane for your home, and the professionals at Irish Propane dependably deliver propane to our customers in and around Buffalo and Rochester, New York. We also refill and dispose of propane cylinders.
If you’re looking for a reliable propane supplier in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, choose Irish Propane. Contact us today to schedule your next propane delivery and ask about our convenient payment plans.
Keep your outdoor dining spaces warmer longer
As someone with a restaurant in Central or Western New York, you haven’t had it easy. You’ve had to adjust to a lot of curveballs. One of the adjustments you’ve probably made is utilizing your outdoor dining space a lot more. Or perhaps you never had an outdoor dining space and now you’ve had to create one out of necessity. Either way, you want to get the most out of that space, and that means making sure your customers are comfortable even when the temperatures start to drop. You need outdoor space heaters. They’re a great way to keep your outdoor dining space available to your restaurant’s customers long after summer is over.
Use propane to extend your restaurant’s outdoor season
Outdoor space heaters allow your restaurant to get more mileage out of your outdoor dining spaces by providing your customers with a comfortable dining experience. At Irish Propane, we provide a reliable supply of quality 20-lb propane cylinders for your restaurant’s space heaters so that you’ll never get caught off guard by an unexpected change in the weather and risk losing customers.
Irish Propane helps keep restaurants in business
Even when the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor dining, with a propane-powered heating system, you can create a comfortable outdoor dining experience for your customers. At Irish Propane, we’re committed to helping your restaurant adapt to the weather and any changes in indoor dining restrictions by making sure your outdoor dining space is always open for business. Being able to welcome diners for outdoor dining even when the weather cools means more profits for your restaurant.
The professionals at Irish Propane faithfully serve our customers in and around Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Irish Propane is also proud to be a certified women-owned business enterprise. Join our family of happy customers and let us take care of all your restaurant’s propane delivery needs.
If your restaurant is looking for a reliable propane supplier in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, then Irish Propane is the right propane delivery company for you. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your restaurant.
Tips for Never Getting Caught With an Empty Propane Tank
Winter is approaching, and you want to be sure that you and your family will be comfortable and warm in your Central or Western New York home when the temperature drops. You don’t want to get caught without the propane your heater needs to heat your home. Do you know how to tell if your tank is full, empty, or somewhere in between?
The most reliable way to tell how much propane you have is to check your tank’s gauge. Some tanks come with a pre-installed gauge. You can also buy a gauge and install it yourself. Here are some things to know before you try to read your propane tank’s gauge.
Step 1: Locate Your Tank.
If you have an above-ground tank, it’s pretty hard to miss. You probably know where it is, but if not, just take a walk around your property. You’ll find it. Underground tanks can be trickier to find. Look for a small plastic dome. It will be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home and any other structure. Underneath the dome you’ll find the gauge for your tank. Now you’re ready to read it.
Step 2: Read the Gauge.
Most above ground and underground propane tanks use a float gauge system. Don’t worry, these types of gauges aren’t difficult to read. When you check the gauge, you’ll see a number between 10 and 80. That number represents a percentage. For example, if the dial reads 40, you have approximately 40% of a tank left of propane. If you know your tank’s capacity, you can calculate the number of gallons than percentage represents. If you’re really on top of things, you know your weekly propane usage and can calculate how long your current supply will last. Just remember, you never want your tank to completely run out of propane!
Step 3: Know When to Order More Propane.
It’s important never to let your tank get completely empty. When your propane levels get too low, air can get into your heating system. You’ll need professionals restart your tank if it ever runs out. And having air in your heating system can lead to expensive damage. As a general rule, you don’t want your tank’s propane level to go below 20%. Just keep in mind that your gauge isn’t fool-proof or perfectly accurate, so it’s always better to air on the side of caution and stay vigilant.
If Your Propane Tank Is Empty…
If you do find yourself with an empty propane tank, call the professionals at Irish Propane. We’ll get you back up and running in no time. We are available all day every day of the week and come through for our customers no matter how bad the weather gets.
The pros at Irish Propane are faithfully serving our customers in and around Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Irish Propane is proudly a certified women-owned business enterprise. Join our family of happy customers and let us take care of all your propane delivery needs.
If you’re looking for a reliable propane supplier in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, choose Irish Propane. Contact us today and ask about our convenient payment plans.
As you start to tackle your fall household cleaning tasks, you may find that your stash of 20- or 40-pound propane tanks has grown after a full season of grilling (a great sign that you enjoyed your summer!).
If you have empty propane tanks sitting around your backyard (never inside your home, we hope), it’s a good idea to have them refilled or recycled before winter sets in. Remember: discarding propane cylinders with your regular trash is dangerous – and illegal in New York State!
While you may find some private recycling companies that will take your old single use or refillable propane grill cylinders, the easiest and safest way to handle propane tank disposal in the Buffalo and Rochester area is to bring your propane tank to one of our convenient locations and let us do it for you.
When transporting your tank, please observe the following propane safety procedures:
- Keep your propane tank well-ventilated inside your vehicle
- Always transport your propane tank upright (with the valve at the top)
- Close the valve by turning it clockwise; if you have a valve cap, use it
- Take your propane tank directly to the refilling location
- Do not leave your propane tank unaccompanied in the vehicle
If you need your propane tank re-certified (which is required once your tank reaches its tenth year in use and every five years after that), we can do that, too. To check your propane tank’s certification date, look for a metal collar at the top of the tank, near the valve; the date should be stamped into the collar.
Dispose of your propane barbecue cylinder properly by bringing it to a convenient Irish Propane location!
Contact us to learn more – or just stop by with your old tank!
If you’re an Irish Propane customer, you probably already know that propane is one of the most versatile and clean-burning fuels around, capable of powering just about any appliance or vehicle for your home or business – and almost always more effectively than electricity.
But what else do you know about this incredible gas?
Here are some interesting facts about propane – to learn even more, check out this video.
- Propane is one of the lightest hydrocarbons in existence, which makes it one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels.
- In its natural form, propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless; an odorant (which smells like rotten eggs) is added to make leaks easy to detect.
- Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas – which is why it is stored and transported as a liquid.
- Most domestic propane is a byproduct of natural gas processing; in fact, current U.S. propane supplies are abundant due in large part to an overall increase in natural gas production. Some propane is also produced from the crude oil refinement process. In combination with butane, propane accounts for between one and four percent of processed crude oil.
- About 90 percent of our domestic propane supply is produced right here at home. About three-quarters of the remaining domestic propane supply comes from Canada or Mexico.
- Propane is the only alternative fuel listed in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992; neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.
- Propane gas does not spill, pool, or leave a residue; this makes it harmless to soil or groundwater in the event of a leak.
- Propane furnaces and water heaters can reach efficiencies that exceed 95 percent. Propane clothes dryers dry more quickly while creating less static than electric units, saving you time and money and reducing wear and tear on your wardrobe. Propane cooking ranges offer precision temperature control – a key reasons why nearly 95 percent of professional chefs choose to cook with gas. Propane stoves also cost less to operate than their electric counterparts.
If you’re a new propane customer – or plan to become one soon – one of the most important choices you’ll have to make is whether to buy or lease/rent your propane tank from your supplier.
We’ll save you some time and cut to the chase on this one: For most homeowners, leasing is the better option.
While buying your own propane tank may give you some flexibility in choosing a propane supplier, leasing provides several significant advantages for you in both the short and long run.
When you lease a propane tank, you get these two big benefits:
- Lifetime maintenance. Propane tanks require ongoing maintenance and inspections from a certified professional to keep them in compliance with all local, regional, and federal safety laws and codes. When you lease your propane tank, your supplier generally absorbs those costs and takes care of any maintenance required to keep your tank running safely.
- Most costs are included. The purchase cost of a 500-gallon tank can be several thousand dollars – and that doesn’t include installation, connection to your appliances, or excavation and concrete pouring (if needed). When you lease, on the other hand, your supplier will cover most of those expenses. As we mention above, you’ll also need to pay for replacement parts if you need them for repairs, professional service to keep your tank compliant. When you lease a tank, most of those expenses are covered by your supplier.
The Bottom Line: Leasing Is the Smart Choice
If you lease a tank from Irish Propane, we are responsible for all its routine maintenance and will take on the up-front costs on your tank. You’ll get FREE tank inspections and repairs, FREE upsizing if your propane needs change, and FREE maintenance. All you have to do is pay your monthly bill and enjoy your propane-powered home.
Leasing your propane tank is almost always the smart choice for our customers – which is why most people choose leasing when they become Irish Propane customers. Our technicians will help you get your propane tank up and running quickly, safely, and correctly – always in compliance with applicable laws and codes. No headaches, no hassles, no added expenses.
Time for a new propane tank – or a new propane supplier? We’re here for you! Contact Irish Propane today to learn more about our hassle-free propane tank leasing options!
If there’s one thing we’ve discovered over the course of the last year and a half, it’s how to have fun in a group without being indoors – and one of the biggest contributors to that fun has been propane patio heaters.
Whether they’re in your backyard or in the outdoor serving area of your bar or restaurant, propane patio heaters do a really great job at taking the edge off cool evenings so you and your guests will stay comfortable If temperatures dip.
Patio Heater Buying Tips
In the market for a propane patio heater but don’t know what to look for? Here are some important variables to consider.
- Power – The most important feature to consider when choosing a patio heater is how much heat it will produce, and how far it will send that heat to you’re your space. The former is measured in Btus; the latter in heating diameter (usually indicated by the manufacturer of your patio heater). Measure your space and make sure the model you choose can cover that area.
- Mounting type – Propane patio heaters can wall-mounted, tabletop or freestanding. Tabletop heaters stand about four feet high; freestanding heaters range between seven and nine feet high. One way to help decide between a tabletop and a freestanding heater is to consider whether you would prefer to manage a cylinder (freestanding) or a disposable (tabletop) propane canister.
- Safety features – The most popular safeguard built into a patio heater is anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it’s tipped past a certain angle. Make sure the unit you choose includes this feature at minimum. Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
- Efficiency – Your patio heater’s efficiency is indicated by its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. Think of AFUE like MPG for your car – the better the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance is).
- Aesthetics – Many styles of patio heater are available – from modern stainless models to classic brushed copper and enamel painted options. Other style considerations include portable vs. stationary (with our without wheels) and design or shape.
As a fourth-generation, family-owned business, we’re all about serving our neighbors the best way we can by providing reliable and expert residential and commercial propane delivery and propane service in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.
But there’s more to us than just being local and reliable: Irish Propane is also a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) capable of taking on larger commercial contracts from local and state governments.
As a minority-owned business, we know how important it is to over-deliver on the promises we make – and to give you the respect and quality service your contract deserves. We have the resources and capabilities to meet the needs of any commercial government contract that requires a supply of propane. We’ll do the job safely and we’ll do the job right.
Irish Propane is available for local and state government-awarded business contracts in New York State. To learn more about what we offer as a propane supplier and WBE, contact us today.
May is National BBQ month – which means it’s time to get cooking on your propane grill!
If you’ve gotten a head start on your grilling, you might soon need to replace or refill your 20-lb. propane cylinder. Just be sure to do it safely!
Grill Tank Replacement Guide
- Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
- Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on the design of your grill)
- There are two parts of your grill that you will need to be concerned with: the propane cylinder’s tank valve and the barbecue’s pressure regulator (see illustration).
- Before you disconnect the pressure regulator, close the tank valve (turn it all the way to the right, or clockwise).
- Once the valve is shut, twist off the threaded pressure regulator.
- Remove the tank (on some propane grills, the tank is attached to the barbecue by a restraining bolt or screw; simply loosen this to remove the tank).
- When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle.
- Reverse the process to reconnect your propane tank, making sure the tank valve is closed when reconnecting the pressure regulator. Replacement propane cylinders often come with a plastic safety cap over the tank valve assembly – simply remove this.
Transport Your Propane Cylinder Safely, Too
Thinking about safety doesn’t end once your propane cylinder is disconnected! If you’re transporting a propane cylinder for refilling, always:
- Transport it upright (with the valve on top) in a secure position to prevent rolling
- Close and plug the cylinder valve
- Place the cylinder in a well-vented area inside the vehicle
- Refrain from leaving the cylinder alone in a hot vehicle; go straight to your propane dealer and straight home when you pick it up.
Keep your outdoor cooking season going with HONEST propane cylinder refills in Buffalo and Rochester, NY from the pros at Irish Propane. We’ll fill your 20- to 40-pound cylinder for your propane barbecue grill, propane space heater or RV quickly, with as much propane gas as we can safely fit in your tank. Contact us today to learn more!
If you need propane gas for your Rochester or Buffalo-area home or business, you have two choices: buy from a big-box industrial supplier that treats you like a number, or buy from a family of experts that has been delivering reliable home comfort since 1932.
With Irish Propane, you’ll get the same quality propane that the big boys offer – but you’ll get it from a fourth-generation certified Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) born right here in New York State. Propane is all we do, so you know it will be done right!
Become an Irish Propane customer today and you’ll get:
- Personal service from propane experts
- Fair and honest pricing – No more need for bargain hunting!
- Problem-solving innovation
- Industry-leading safety standards
But most of all you’ll get to do business with neighbors you can call and talk to whenever you need us.
In this era of huge businesses trying to swindle you with every trick in the book, isn’t it nice to know you have a propane supplier in Rochester and Buffalo, NY that offers reliable propane delivery and top-quality propane service you need?
You have it at Irish Propane.
For reliable propane delivery, propane cylinder refills, propane tank disposal and more – plus complete commercial services for your bar, restaurant, construction site, or any other business – trust the experts at Irish Propane. Contact us today to become an Irish Propane customer!