Have you heard about wireless propane tank monitoring?
It’s a service offered by Parker Gas that lets us (and you) track in real-time exactly how much propane is in your tank. Wireless propane tank monitoring uses wireless and cellular technology that keeps in constant touch with Parker Gas with your propane tank gauge levels.
You might be wondering why we offer this service. Is it something that benefits us, or is there something in it for you? The answer is … both!
Wireless propane tank monitoring is a service that helps us do our job better, while giving you peace of mind.
Here’s what our service does for you.
Prevents runouts. With wireless tank monitoring from Parker Gas and TankWatch, the guesswork is gone when it comes to making sure you always have enough propane. As soon as your propane tank gauge reaches a set level, an alert is sent to us, as well as you, and we schedule a prompt automatic delivery of propane to your home before you run low.
Makes having propane easy. We get it. Life can become busy. But if checking your propane tank gauge levels is forgotten, you could be facing the hassle and expense of an emergency propane delivery if you run low on propane or have a runout. With wireless tank monitoring, we’re on the job!
Keeps you in the know. In addition to the wireless tank monitor, you also get access to the TankWatch app. The app lets you check your propane tank gauge levels any time of day or night, track your propane usage, get notifications when your tank gauge reaches 30% and 15% full, and more.
Here’s what wireless propane tank monitoring does for Parker Gas.
Be more efficient. Because we know exactly when you need propane, we aren’t making unneeded deliveries of smaller amounts of propane. You’ll only get propane delivered when you truly need it.
Provide better service. With streamlined propane delivery thanks to wireless tank monitoring, we are able to deliver propane to more customers each day. It also makes us even more responsive in the event of a customer needing emergency delivery.
Make life easy with wireless propane tank monitoring from Parker Gas. Contact us today to get started!
Many of us think indoors when the subject is energy efficiency in our home, such as high-efficiency propane water heaters, adding LED lighting and installing programmable thermostats. But is there something else you can do to make your home more efficient? The answer may be as close as outside.
Properly placed trees, shrubs, and other plants can help reduce your heating, cooling, and other energy costs.
Talk with an expert at your local garden center for specifics on which plants, trees, and shrubs work best for your property.
Wind can make your home’s heating system have to work harder to keep your home warm.
Creating a windbreak helps block and minimize those winds. Thus, it will be harder for that cold air to get into your home in the form of drafts.
What should you plant? You need something with a low crown to block wind as close to the ground as possible. Think evergreens and taller shrubs. The ideal location is at the north and/or northwest side of your property, as that’s where the strongest cold winds come from. Don’t plant a windbreak close to your home’s south side because that will block sunlight. You’ll lose daytime heating and lighting.
Heating coming in from sunlight through windows and doors can make your home hotter than it should be in summer, and dramatically increase your cooling costs.
Well-placed trees, shrubs, and plants can reduce the temperature of the air around your home by as much as 6˚ thanks to shading and evapotranspiration, which is the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor.
Deciduous trees provide shade in warmer weather, but once the leaves fall, don’t block daylight heating when you want it during the winter.
Sometimes, trees, shrubs and plants can be a barrier to energy efficiency. If a tree or shrub blocks light into south-facing windows during the winter, you’re losing out on passive heating while also forfeiting daylight in sunny areas. That lost daylight forces you to use lights and lamps more often, driving up your energy costs.
Get reliable propane delivery. Become a Parker Gas customer today!
Many people know that propane can run their BBQ grill. But there are so many other propane appliances that make life better in their homes and make their businesses more efficient and productive.
Parker Gas can help you enjoy all the benefits propane appliances bring, with our expert installation and service as well as dependable propane delivery, propane tank installation, propane cylinder refill and exchange, and wireless propane tank monitoring.
Indoors and out, propane makes the quality of life in your North Carolina home better.
Let’s start with the propane grill. It makes grilling fast and easy, while creating great grilled food. We carry Bayou Classic and Wilmington grills. Propane cylinders can also power deck and patio heaters, firepits, outdoor fireplaces, pool and spa heaters, and mosquito traps.
A propane furnace is an energy-efficient and affordable choice that will last longer, cost less to maintain, and require fewer repairs. You also won’t be reliant on the power grid for keeping your home warm. Propane space heaters let you use unheated or under-heated spaces like sunporches all year-round.
Compared with electric water heaters, propane water heaters give you twice as much hot water in the same amount of time. That means less waiting for your morning shower. Want zero waiting? A propane tankless water heater gives you endless hot water on-demand. Parker gas sells, installs, and services both conventional storage tank water heaters and tankless water heaters.
A propane fireplace gives you cozy comfort without the work and smoke of a wood-burning fireplace.
When the power goes out, keep the lights and home security system on, the HVAC running, the food in the fridge and freezer safely cold, the electronics charges, and more with a propane whole-house backup generator.
The versatility of propane extends to the commercial world. We also provide a range of services for businesses, including customized bulk propane delivery and forklift cylinder exchange, as well as propane autogas services.
Propane is used by restaurants and commercial kitchens to turn out large amounts of food while keeping the quality high. Hotels and resorts use propane for efficient laundry drying, cooking, heating, outdoor heating, and more.
Propane forklifts are used in warehouses, distribution centers, and construction sites, as well as on farms.
Speaking of farms, propane does a lot there, too! It heats barns, greenhouses, and other buildings. It provides efficient crop-drying that can help farmers have a larger yield. It can run farm equipment, including frost-protection equipment.
Parker Gas provides reliable propane delivery and quality propane appliance service. Get in touch with us today to see what we can do for your home of business!
Do you have a water heater that is over 10 years old? If so, it’s time to start planning to replace your water heater.
Beginning the process of upgrading to a new water heater before you need one makes sense. You have time to do your research, comparison shop, and work with the propane appliance experts at Parker Gas to make sure you get the right water heater that meets your needs and is in your budget.
We sell, install, maintain, and repair top-quality water heaters from leading makers including Rinnai. We also install and servicer Rinnai’s tankless water heaters, which give you outstanding comfort with endless hot water on-demand as well as reduced energy costs.
Here are 5 reasons why now is the right time to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency water heater.
How’s your water heater running? Is it taking longer to heat water between showers? An older water heater may not be able to heat the hot water as quickly as it used to. A new water heater will get water hot faster. And a tankless hot water heater means no waiting for hot water ever!
As the years go by, your water heater has become less and less efficient. It needs more energy to heat your water and keep it hot. By upgrading to a new, more energy efficient water heater, you’ll reduce your environmental impact without having to give up a bit of comfort!
The increased efficiency of a new water heater will help cut your energy costs. You’ll see the results in a big way because water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy costs. Those savings really soar with a propane tankless water heater. They can cut your water heating energy costs by 40% or more!
The vent pipe on an older model water heater may deteriorate over time, leading to increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Older water heaters may not shut off automatically during a power outage, which is a fire hazard.
Parker Gas is a Rinnai-certified ACE (Advanced Comfort Expert) dealer. We can help you get available rebates from not only Rinnai, but the North Carolina Propane Gas Association that can save you hundreds of dollars on your new water heater.
To learn more about how Parker Gas can help you upgrade to a new water heater, contact us today!
Did you know that June is National Grilling Month? If you want to celebrate it but your old gas grill isn’t working great anymore, Parker Gas is here for you!
We have a wide range of quality gas grills from top makers such as Wilmington and Bayou Classic.
Whether you’re looking for something basic or a grill with all the bells and whistles, you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can check out our selection at all six of our Parker Gas showrooms.
Our knowledgeable propane appliance experts will help you choose the right one so you’ll be ready not just for National Grilling Month, but the coming Fourth of July weekend and the rest of summer!
An empty propane cylinder brings outdoor fun to a screeching halt. But you can always make sure you have enough propane by coming to Parker Gas for our propane cylinder refill service.
You can get your cylinder quickly and easily refilled at all six of our Parker Gas locations from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pool and spa heating. Propane pool and spa heaters let you enjoy your pool and spa longer and more frequently. They also get your water hot much faster than electric pool and spa heaters. Their energy efficiency when compared with electric models offer big money savings.
Fireplaces and firepits. Create spaces where you can spend time with family and friends, or just relax at the end of a long day.
Patio and deck heating. Don’t let a nip in the air send everyone inside. Propane deck and patio heaters let you stay out and be comfortable.
Insect traps. If mosquitoes are sending you inside, propane offers a solution. Propane insect traps use moisture and carbon dioxide to mimic human breath, luring mosquitoes away from you and into the trap where they meet their doom.
Outdoor fryers. These aren’t just for the Thanksgiving turkey. Propane outdoor fryers can also be used for shrimp and seafood boils.
Camping and RVing. If you have an RV or go camping, propane cylinders can make your travel easier and more comfortable. In your RV, they can be used for heating, water heating, cooking, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Campers use propane cylinders for tent heating and camp stoves.
Count on Parker Gas for the propane cylinder refill service to keep your summer fun going!
It’s almost summertime, and we’re looking forward to the living being easy.
Parker Gas has some ways to make life easier for you this summer. Enroll in our Easy Pay, Auto Pay, and Paperless Billing programs to make taking care of your propane bills easy as pie.
If you use propane for heating your home, you know that your propane costs go up and down through the course of the year. Those ups and downs make it hard to plan your household spending. Our Easy Pay budget plan ends that by spreading your propane costs over 11 even and easy monthly payments. You can set up your household budget knowing how much you’ll be paying each month.
There’s another reason to enroll in Easy Pay: You save money! Customers who use Easy Pay get a discount of 3 cents per gallon on their propane.
Once you enroll in Auto Pay, your work is done. We take it from there! Your payment is automatically deducted from your credit card or checking account each month. There’s no need to worry about finding your statement, writing a check, and getting it mailed out.
Think about all the problems with the mail delivery we have been having for the past year. Do you want to trust the mail service with getting your payment to Parker Gas on time?
When you enroll in Auto Pay, that worry is gone. Your bill is always paid on time!
Does your credit card have a points-based rewards program? If so, using it for your Parker Gas payments helps you earn more points in less time. Whether your rewards involve shopping, travel, or cash back, you get your rewards faster with Auto Pay!
If that small mountain of mail on the dining table does not, in the words of Marie Kondo, spark joy, it’s time to shrink that mountain.
Enrolling in paperless billing helps with that. Instead of getting your statement in the regular mail, it comes directly to your email inbox. You always know where it is because it’s right there and not somewhere in that pile of paper on the dining table.
While you’re at your computer, phone, laptop, or tablet, you can use your Parker Gas online account to pay your bill.
Contact us today to enroll in Easy Pay, Auto Pay, and Paperless Billing for maximum ease and convenience!
Today’s residential real estate market is competitive. If you want the homes you are building to stand out from the competition, you need to build homes that give home buyers what they want.
Propane can do that! Its versatility, efficiency, and environmental friendliness provide many benefits to homes that use propane appliances. Parker Gas can help your business do that as well as provide commercial propane services such as propane forklift cylinder exchanges and bulk propane delivery to help your building projects run efficiently.
Here are seven reasons why your next home building project should include propane.
A lot of home buyers today want the amenities that gas appliances offer. They want to cook on a gas range, relax in front of a gas fireplace, dry their laundry in a gas clothes dryer. They can have that wherever you are building because propane can be installed anywhere!
Propane heating and water heating systems are reliable and energy-efficient. They also get your home warm and water hot faster than comparable electric appliances.
Because the home’s propane supply is in a tank right on the property, homeowners aren’t at the mercy of a natural gas utility’s infrastructure.
When the power goes out, propane whole-house backup generators keep the lights and HVAC on, electronics powered, food in the fridge and freezer safely cold, the sump pump operating, the home security system running, and more.
Propane appliances offer superior energy efficiency to comparable electric models. That efficiency can save homebuyers lots of money over the years. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that you can save about $174 per year with a propane water heater compared with an electric model. And those savings increase with a propane tankless water heater. Propane clothes dryers dry laundry 25% faster than electric dryers.
Did you know that propane is so clean-burning that it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions? That makes it much more environmentally friendly than electricity. About half of the electricity generated in the United States is generated by coal-fired power plants. In fact, electricity generation is the second-largest producer of greenhouse gases in the U.S., only behind transportation.
Your construction business also benefits from using propane because it can earn you points towards LEED certification for your project.
The propane industry is highly regulated by codes and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and various state and local regulatory bodies. Technicians are also backed by the industry’s voluntary Certified Employee Training Program (CETP).
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers incentives to builders to add propane to the homes they are building or remodeling. You can get $1,000 for each home you build when you use propane appliances. If you install specified propane appliances, you’ll get an extra $500 for each home, upping the incentive to $1,500 per home!
Turn to Parker Gas for the best commercial propane services in North Carolina! Get in touch with us and we’ll get to work for you.
Grilling season is upon us, meaning many of us are planning our Memorial Day weekend cookouts.
While we decide between ribs or chicken or burgers and hot dogs (or all of them!), this is also a good time to brush up on propane safety best practices. Nothing ruins a cookout like a trip to the emergency room.
Here are some important things to know.
When you need more propane for your grill, Parker Gas is here for you! You can get your propane cylinder safely and expertly refilled during regular business hours at all six of our locations.
There are some things you need to know about how to get cylinders to and from your home, as well as storing them. The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has an informative video to help with that. Here are some other safety tips.
While giving a spring cleaning to your grill, don’t forget to thoroughly inspect it and make sure it’s safe to operate.
The first thing to do is to run a leak test. Coat the hoses, valves, and regulator with soapy water, then turn on the propane cylinder. Any bubbles are a sign of a propane leak. Tighten connections and run the test again. Replace the hoses or tank if bubbles still appear.
During winter, spiders enjoy the warm refuge of your grill’s venturi tubes, which provide the gas to the burners. The spiders’ homes there can cause blockages in the tubes. Use a bottle brush to clean out the tubes. Reconnect everything, but leave the grates off, and turn on the grill and look for uneven flames or spots where there is no flame. Let the grill cool and use a paper clip to remove blockages in those areas.
Once you’re ready to grill, don’t leave propane safety best practices behind! We have some tips to help keep your cookout from ending in disaster.
Come to any of our locations for a safe propane cylinder refill!
Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month? Get it off to the right start by making sure you have enough propane for your BBQ grill.
If your propane cylinder is running low, you can get it filled at one of the Parker Gas propane cylinder refill stations. We have cylinder refills available during regular business hours at all six of our offices, so it’s easy to get to one from wherever you are in eastern North Carolina!
With our propane cylinder refill, you can have the cylinder for your BBQ grill refilled. In fact, we’ll refill multiple cylinders, so you’ll have plenty of propane for your Memorial Day weekend cookout.
We can also fill portable propane cylinders of other sizes and for other uses. If you use cylinders for camping or your RV, our propane cylinder refill service lets you quickly and easily get the propane you need for heating and cooking in your RV, as well as for camp stoves and tent heaters for camping. We also refill cylinders used for propane firepits and patio and deck heaters.
Parker Gas follows all local, state, and federal regulations when it comes to safe propane cylinder refills.
We carefully inspect all cylinders and will not refill any cylinder that shows signs of damage, rust, or corrosion. Uncertified propane cylinders cannot be refilled.
When bringing your propane cylinders to Parker Gas for a refill, use propane safety best practices.
Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner! Get your propane cylinders refilled at Parker Gas so you’re ready to grill.
Agriculture/agribusiness is the leading industry here in North Carolina, where there are more than 50,000 farms that use 8.5 million acres of land for produce including sweet potatoes and strawberries, livestock such as turkeys and hogs, and products like eggs and Christmas trees.
Our farmers work hard to provide all these items. Agricultural propane services from Parker Gas help them get that work done safely and efficiently while helping to improve their bottom line.
In addition to reliable bulk propane delivery, we also offer installation and service of both standard and custom propane tanks, tank vaporizers, frost protection equipment and support, crop drying support, forklift cylinder exchange, and propane autogas.
Here are some ways propane can help around your farm.
Heating. Propane provides energy-efficient heating, space heating, and water heating for barns, greenhouses, poultry houses, and other buildings on your farm, including your home. Also, since your propane supply is right there on your farm, you aren’t dependent on an outside utility for heating.
Irrigation. Propane engines provide clean-burning, efficient power for your irrigation system.
Generators. Did you know that power outages are twice as common now as they were only 10 years ago? Power outages can be costly on your farm in many ways. Propane standby generators keep your home, barns, poultry houses, and other outbuildings lit and safe. Unlike other fuels, propane does not degrade over time so it’s ready to use whenever you need your generators to kick on.
Forklifts. Propane forklifts are not only more powerful and efficient than electric forklifts, but also can operate both indoors and outside thanks to extremely low emissions. Our forklift cylinder exchange helps ensure you’ll always have the fuel your forklifts need.
Crop drying. Propane crop dryers let you keep more of your yield that would be lost to rot if left to dry outdoors. They’re also up 50% more efficient than crop dryers powered by other fuels.
Frost protection. Protect your crops from a cold snap with propane-powered frost protection equipment. They keep your crops safe without the risks posed by gasoline spills.
Weed control. Propane flame weed control is vastly superior to herbicides in all ways. It does not damage soil or get into the groundwater as herbicides can. It is extremely effective. You and your workers aren’t exposed to harsh chemicals. Also, you can get back to work in the field right away rather than having to wait as you do with herbicides.
Vehicles and equipment. Just about all your farm’s vehicles and equipment —tractors, delivery trucks, mowers, and more — can run on clean-burning, efficient propane and propane autogas. Propane engines are cheaper to operate per mile, and, because of that clean-burning, need less maintenance and fewer repairs than gasoline or diesel engines.
Parker Gas has been providing propane delivery and service to North Carolina farms for more than 60 years. Put that experience to work at your farm and become a Parker Gas customer!