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Despite massive research development into hybrid powertrains and EV technology, there is one untapped alternative fuel source that has the potential to revolutionize the auto industry. According to the NPGA, the United States uses nearly half a billion gallons of propane for vehicles annually. That’s right, the same fuel as your barbecue grill and gas range. Here are a few reasons why more fleet vehicles are making the switch to propane:
Better Fuel Efficiency
Although one gallon of propane only provides 73 percent as much energy as a gallon of gasoline, propane is significantly cheaper than gas—generally about half the cost per gallon, depending on your location. Propane also produces 12 to 18 percent less CO2 emissions than gasoline counterparts. Considering that two-thirds of oil used to produce gasoline is imported, propane is also a domestic-friendly alternative fuel source that is less susceptible to supply disruptions.
Convenience and Availability
Converting a vehicle to run on propane is simple thanks to widely available manufacturer conversion kits. These kits can either convert a powertrain to run entirely on propane or on a combination of propane and gas. There are already thousands of propane fueling stations available nationwide, making it a cost-effective and convenient alternative to gasoline.
Less Maintenance and Repairs
In a direct comparison between propane, gasoline, and diesel, it’s clear that propane has the long-term advantage. Regular gasoline and diesel fuel produce more carbon byproducts which increases mechanical wear. The octane rating of propane is also significantly higher—as much as 125, compared to 92 for premium gasoline—which results in less knocking inside the engine. According to the AFDC, propane offers less long-term maintenance and up to two to the three more service years for fleet vehicles.
See how Kamps Propane can help you cut down on fleet costs and contact our professionals at (209) 823-7641 to learn about our available commercial propane services. For over 40 years, we’ve been helping commercial and agricultural professionals receive reliable LP gas services throughout the Bay Area and San Joaquin County.
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A common misconception with propane storage tanks is that they are volatile, high-pressure time bombs waiting to go off at the slightest touch of a flame. In truth, propane cylinders are extremely difficult to damage and are designed with several fail-safes to prevent accidental ignitions. However, it’s still important to properly handle propane reservoirs in order to avoid untimely mishaps and costly tank replacements. Take a look at how to properly handle propane cylinders below:
Oxidation and Physical Damage
Propane cylinders are designed to withstand extreme conditions and avoid dents or ruptures, but particularly severe physical abuse can create dents, bumps, or ruptures in the tank, compromising its structural integrity. They also have protective coatings to protect them from rust, but physical damage can chip away the coating and expose the underlying metal to the elements. Rust slowly eats away at the metal, creating a weak spot in the tank and possibly leading to a leak. If a small flame source such as a spark or cigarette is nearby, it can ignite the propane gas.
Transportation and Storage
It isn’t uncommon for propane regulators—a component which manages a constant outlet pressure to appliances—to freeze in cold temperatures. While freezing condensation is normal in cold weather, a regulator can also freeze if liquid propane enters due to overfilling or improper positioning of the tank. Conversely, warm weather can significantly increase the interior pressure of tank. It’s important to keep it right-side-up when transporting or storing propane tanks; overfill prevention devices (OPDs) can prevent them overfilling and building up too much pressure, but they will not prevent liquid propane from leaking out. Additionally, the liquid inside of an improperly positioned propane tank can block the pressure release valve, potentially allowing dangerous amounts of pressure to build up.
We here at Kamps Propane have over 40 years of experience in installing, maintaining, and refilling propane storage tanks for both commercial and residential customers in California. Call (209) 823-7641 for more information about our propane services and rates near you.
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Kamps Propane has been a supporter of San Joaquin County Fire Fighters and the Volunteer Fire Departments serving surrounding areas for over 40 years. Just take a look at this video clip to see local firefighters in training tackling a controlled fire with materials provided by us!
As a local and family-owned business, we take pride in providing residential and commercial establishments with reliable, safe, and timely propane delivery services. We understand the dangers that an unsecured propane tank can pose, which is why we provide professional installation services at competitive rates.
To set up a propane delivery or to receive answers to your questions about our rates and services, contact our associates online or at (209) 823-7641 today.
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It's racing season in California and the season is starting out great for Matt Scott Racing and the Kamps Propane #35 Monte Carlo SS.
The season opened on Saturday night with TWO victories at the Stockton 99 Speedway. Matt took home 1st place finishes in both of the Twin 50 Lap Features so this season is looking terrific and there are many more events to come.
Kamps Propane representative Rick Regelman was on hand to witness the beginning of the new season and to congratulate Matt for his first victories in 2013. "Kamps Propane is a proud sponsor of Matt Scott Racing and we know our customers here in the Central California Valley will enjoy seeing the 2013 season" said Regelman. "We support Matt Scott because like us, he's a local success story. We think our customers want to see a local winner when they go to the races and when they buy propane for their homes or businesses."
Kamps Propane is a family-owned energy company based in Manteca serving customers throughout California. The Kamps Propane #35 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS driven by Matt Scott for Matt Scott Racing is a feature sponsorship for Kamps Propane.
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As a propane user, you have chosen an eco-friendly fuel source that will also be easy on your wallet. Understanding how to use propane properly will make it all the easier to keep your energy bills low. Check out these links for more information on how to heat your home with propane in ways that protect the environment and your budget.
North Carolina State University has some tips on how to save money while heating your home with propane.
HVAC maintenance is essential when you heat with propane. Learn when to call an HVAC professional by reading this article.
The United States Energy Information Administration tells you everything you need to know about propane’s composition and usage history. Alternately known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), propane’s creation began in the United States in the early twentieth century.
Kamps Propane is a family-owned company prepared to meet all of your LPG needs. Call us at (209) 823-7641 to learn more about our options for supplying your business, home, recreational vehicle, or innovative propane-powered appliances in Northern California today.