How Much Propane Do I Use In a Day?

Get a better idea of your propane usage and costs

propane usage north carolinaPropane usage isn’t the same for everyone. A friend may have the same size home as yours but may use more propane or less propane.

A lot of factors go into determining your propane usage. If you want to estimate and manage your propane expenses, keep in mind that your propane usage might vary widely based on how you utilize gas in your home, the time of year, the number of propane appliances you have and their age and condition, and more.

Parker Gas helps you manage your propane costs with pricing and payment options such as our Easy Pay Budget Plan that also includes a discount of 3 cents per gallon and our Price Protection Program.

The propane usage calculation

Because you’re unlikely to use all of your propane equipment at 100% capacity 24 hours a day, the calculation below is for using them at 25% to 50% capacity for two to six hours a day.

This table shows how much your propane use may vary significantly, from 1.2 to 7.2 gallons each day, based on factors such as weather conditions and usage of appliances that consume natural gas or electricity. Just having guests over the holidays can increase your propane usage more than you may think, thanks to using more hot water for laundry and bathing, and using your propane range more for cooking. Here’s an example:

This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:

In summer, a propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75% capacity would add about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:

Since propane pool heaters are high-BTU appliances, we recommend using a pool cover when the pool isn’t being used to keep that heat in the water as much as possible.

If you have a propane whole-house backup generator, it can also impact your propane usage calculations because you can’t predict when or for how long you’ll be using it.

From reliable propane delivery to propane appliance services, Parker Gas is the full-service propane company you can count on. Become a customer today.

Propane Whole-House Generators or Portable Generators

Which is right for my home?

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Power outages are never fun, but they can cause some real problems the longer they go.

In bad weather, you can be without power for days. But you can avoid that with a generator. But which kind?

Parker Gas is an authorized dealer of Briggs & Stratton whole-house backup generators. We not only provide expert installation and service of these top-quality generators, but we also install the propane tank for it and provide dependable propane delivery so your generator can keep your home powered.

Benefits of whole-house backup generators

Whole-house backup generators are also called standby generators. Standby generators, as the name implies, are prepared to go at a moment’s notice. The generator waits 10 seconds after the power goes out to be sure it is really an outage and then kicks on. You don’t have to do anything!

With your generator having its own propane tank, a full tank can keep your home in power for at least a week. All of your home’s requirements can be met with that electricity: lights, a running refrigerator and other kitchen appliances, functioning medical equipment such as electric wheelchairs, a working sump pump, an operational home security system, the comfort of home heating and cooling, and the ability to operate and charge electronics like computers, laptops, TVs, and phones.

Downside of portable generators

Portable generators are not expensive. However, you get what you pay for.

If your power goes out at night or during a storm, you’ll have to go outside, fill up your portable generator, then link it with your home. It can be tough and hazardous to do so.

Portable generators have the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning. They should NEVER be used indoors or in a covered or enclosed space like a garage, carport, or sunporch.

Portable generators are most often fueled by propane or gasoline. Unless you have several propane cylinders or several gallons of gasoline stored at your home, portable generators will not have the fuel required for longer outages. If you can’t get out to get more fuel because of downed trees or other issues, you’re without power once that fuel you have runs out.

You get a limited power capacity with portable generators. They may be able to keep the lights on and the refrigerator running, but anything more is doubtful.

Make sure your home is safe and comfortable when the power goes out. Contact us to add a Briggs & Stratton propane whole-house backup generator to your home!

Have You Heard These Interesting Propane Facts?

Propane is quite an interesting subject!

propane company north carolinaAs you drive around eastern North Carolina, you have likely seen more and more homes with propane tanks.

Those people know the benefits that propane brings to a home. If you want to learn more about propane and what it can do for your home, here are 10 facts that will help you understand this versatile, efficient energy source.

  1. The chemical formula for propane is C3H8.
  2. In 1910, Walter O. Snelling discovered propane as a volatile component in gasoline. He subsequently patented it and later sold the patent for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum, in 1913. That’s $1.3 million in today’s money.
  3. Propane has no odor in its natural state. For safety reasons, propane is fed with an odorant, most commonly ethyl mercaptan, that adds a rotten-egg smell. That odor makes it easier to detect propane leaks.
  4. About 90% of the propane supply in the United States is domestically produced.
  5. The majority of our domestically manufactured propane is the result of natural gas processing. Our abundant supply allows the United States to be a net exporter of propane.
  6. More than 50 million residences in the United States use propane for home heating, water heating, cooking, space heating, whole-house backup generators, clothes drying fireplaces, and more.
  7. Propane is a smart financial decision for your home. Recent high-efficiency propane heating systems and other propane appliances have efficiency ratings of 95% or higher.
  8. The propane industry employs more than 75,000 people in the U.S. and contributes close to $40 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.
  9. Propane is a very safe fuel. Propane will not burn unless the surrounding air reaches 940˚ Fahrenheit. Furthermore, propane containers are constructed of carbon steel. They’re 20 times more puncture-resistant than ethanol, methanol, or gasoline tanks.
  10. Propane is a clean-burning fossil fuel. Propane was acknowledged as an alternative energy in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy of 1992, becoming one of the most environmentally friendly fuels. Do you know what propane isn’t designated as? A greenhouse gas. Natural gas is a greenhouse gas because it contains methane.

Get all the benefits of efficient, clean-burning propane in your home with Parker Gas. Contact us to get started on converting your home to run on propane!

Gas Logs vs. Traditional Fireplaces for the Home

Enjoy cozy fires this season without the work!

propane hearths north carolinaWith the arrival of fall comes sweaters, flannels, pumpkin spice everything, and curling up by a fire in the fireplace.

There’s some work involved before you can relax before a wood fire. First, you have to schlep in the wood, build a fire, light it, and wait for it to get going. Then when you’re done, you have to deal with the messes of ashes and soot.

You can avoid all of that and go straight to enjoying your fire with propane gas logs from Parker Gas! We offer a wide range of styles and sizes, so you’ll find the right one for your home!

Enjoy convenience

Propane gas logs offer the ultimate in convenience when it comes to your comfort. All you have to do is push a button and you have a fire, no waiting!

You don’t have to worry about having firewood on hand with gas logs. Your fuel supply is right there in your propane tank! With our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring, you’ll always have the propane you need for a fire in your fireplace.

Work-free comfort

Anyone who has used a wood-burning fireplace knows how difficult it is to clean them after their last use—and, more importantly, how essential regular maintenance is. Another one of the greatest advantages of gas log fireplaces is that there is no need for post-fire clean up. Because you are not burning real logs, you won’t have to bother about cleaning the ash or searching the internet for a specialist chimney cleaning business.

However, we must emphasize that it that your gas log fireplace needs annual maintenance. This service can be done in a quick visit by our propane experts. On top of our maintenance services, our team of specialists can assist you troubleshoot or repair any issues with your propane gas logs.

Gas logs look great all the time

Unlike traditional fireplaces, you don’t have to look at ashes, soot, or chunks of burned wood. Gas logs make for a good-looking fireplace.

You can select from a variety of looks with your gas log set. Our gas logs are handcrafted to appear exactly like genuine wood and are exquisite works of art. You may go traditional with oak, rustic with pine or birch, and seaside with driftwood. There’s a set of gas logs that will perfectly fit your fireplace and your style!

Ready to upgrade to the comfort, convenience, and style that gas logs provide? Come to our nearest showroom to get started!

How to Get Your Propane-powered Home Ready for Winter

Learn how you can save on energy costs!

furnace tune-up north carolinaWith autumn arriving here in North Carolina, we’re swapping out our sandals for shoes and our sweet teas for pumpkin spice lattes.

We will also soon be turning off the air conditioning and turning on the heating systems in our homes. Before that happens, we offer five things you can do to make sure your home’s propane-fired furnace or boiler is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter as well as help cut your energy costs.

Sign up for Automatic Delivery

Life can be hectic. If you fail to check your propane tank levels on a regular basis, you could run out of propane and have no heat in your house. When you’re an Automatic Delivery customer, we use your current propane usage history and weather conditions to forecast when you’ll need more propane, and we schedule a delivery ahead of time so that you have propane before you run out. Getting your propane is work-free and worry-free!

Get wireless propane tank monitoring

There’s no better way to keep track of your propane supply than with TankWatch’s wireless propane tank monitoring! TankWatch uses wireless and cellular technology to track your propane supply all day, every day. The monitor sends Parker Gas a notification once your propane tank has reached a specific level, and we deliver your propane. The TankWatch app allows you to track your propane usage on your smartphone or tablet, or online.

Take care of your heating system

A home’s heating system should be maintained by a professional service technician on a regular basis to ensure that it is running at peak performance. That energy efficiency can help you save big on your heating energy costs this winter. The service person is also able to thoroughly inspect your furnace or boiler and make any needed repairs before problems or breakdowns occur.

Do some fall housework

If you use a furnace for forced-air heating, now is the time to vacuum and clean the registers, ensuring that they function properly and do not distribute dust or allergies throughout your home. Remove any obstructions, such as drapes or furniture, hear the vents in order for air to flow freely. If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned in the previous five years, get it done now. Cleaning your ductwork is not only beneficial in keeping the air in your house cleaner and safer, but it will also enable ductwork cleaners to discover and repair leaks in your ductwork, saving you money on your heating bill.

Some quick do-it-yourself labor and caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam can help you eliminate drafts from your doors, windows, and exterior walls. That alone can save you 10% on your heating costs!

Program your thermostat correctly

Programmable and smart thermostats are great investments in your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. They are reasonably priced and can be found at your local home improvement store or online.

These are the recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy for programming your thermostat in cold weather:

Get the reliable propane delivery service you need to keep your home comfortable this winter. Become a Parker Gas customer today!

Why Is Propane Considered a Green Fuel?

Discover the Environmental Benefits of Propane

propane delivery north carolinaThere have been efforts made around the country and here in North Carolina to have homes convert to all electricity for home heating, water heating, cooking, and more.

It’s because of an erroneous idea that going all electric is better for the environment. The truth is that propane is a much more environmentally friendly energy source than electricity.

With reliable propane delivery and high-efficiency propane appliances from Parker Gas, you can shrink your carbon footprint in your North Carolina home without sacrificing one bit of comfort. In fact, propane makes the quality of life in your home better in many ways!

The Facts About Propane and the Environment

Although this may come as a surprise, propane is actually environmentally friendly.

Both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the 1992 National Energy Policy include propane as an alternative fuel.

Propane has a far lower carbon footprint than other fossil fuels such as diesel, gasoline, kerosene, and ethanol.

Propane releases less than half the greenhouse gases when generating the same amount of energy as electricity. More than 40% of the electricity generated in the United States is produced by coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired power plants are major sources of air pollution, including smog and acid rain as well as greenhouse gases. Electricity generation is the second greatest source of greenhouse gases in the United States, just behind transportation.

Propane is also more environmentally friendly than other energy sources because of its energy efficiency. A propane tankless water heater can help you save up to 50% on your energy bills when compared with a water heater that is powered by electricity. A propane clothes dryer uses less energy than an electric dryer since it dries laundry 25% faster.

On the news, you’ve seen stories about oil spills. Images of filthy water, dead wildlife, and animals coated in oil are disturbing.

That doesn’t happen with propane. Propane is not toxic. It does not spill, pool, or leave a residue in the rare case of a leak. And a propane leak has no negative impact on water, soil, air, animal life, plant life, or aquatic life.

Enjoy all the benefits that clean, green propane brings to your home. We can help convert your home to propane!

Propane Safety Tips for Thunderstorms & Hurricanes

Know How To Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe

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With plenty of time left in the Atlantic hurricane season, and hot summer weather creating lots of opportunities for thunderstorms, you need to be prepared for the possibility of this bad weather affecting your home.

We’ve put together some important propane safety information and tips, so you feel take care of things in the event of thunderstorm, hurricane, or tropical storm.

Before a Storm

During a Storm

After a storm

Have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us and we’ll gladly answer them.

Energy-Saving Tips To Help You Save Money

Keep Comfortable While Spending Less!

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If you think that saving energy involves sacrifices that feel like punishment, you’re in for a happy surprise!

There are oodles of ways you can reduce energy usage all-around your North Carolina home that you’ll barely, if at all, notice. The only impact will be a positive one, right in your bank account thanks to the money you’ll save.

Today, we’ll help you get started by focusing on water heating. Why water heating? Because it accounts for close to 20 percent of your home’s energy usage. Make some easy changes here, and you’ll see some big savings!

Use Less Hot Water

Be Smart With Your Water Heater

Your water heater can not only be your source of hot water, it can also be a source for energy savings.

Upgrade to a Propane Tankless Water Heater

If you’re ready to replace your home’s water heater, check out our selection of top-quality, energy-efficient Rinnai tankless water heaters!

What makes a propane tankless water heater stand out? Unlike conventional water heaters with a tank, your water is only heated when you’re using it. You get endless hot water whenever you need it!

Contact us to find out more about our efficient Rinnai tankless water heaters!

Healthy Propane Grilling Tips for Summer

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Nothing beats a beats a spring or summer meal cooked on a propane grill…but only if it’s healthy one.

Healthy grilling mostly means avoiding HCAs (heterocyclic amines and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) – two cancer-causing chemicals form when you cook fatty meats over intense heat and flame.

5 Grilling Secrets Good For Your Waistline

You can prevent HCAs and PAHs from forming almost completely by:

  1. Selecting lean cuts of meat – Choosing lean beef, pork, or chicken dramatically cuts the potential for HCA and PAH formation.
  2. Marinating your meat and vegetables – Marinating liberally with olive oil and green herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage can nearly eliminate HCA potential. Just make sure you marinate meat and poultry for at least 1-2 hours; fish and veggies only need about half that time.
  3. Using smaller cuts of meat – Smaller cuts (grilled on a skewer, for example) cook faster, which leaves less time for HCAs to form.
  4. Rotating food more often – Flipping reduces the potential for HCA formation.
  5. Eating more grilled fruits and vegetables – Grilled fruits and veggies are PAH- and HCA-free (and delicious and healthy, too). Asparagus, eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, cantaloupe, and even apples are all great for grilling.

Enjoy healthy grilling this season – and don’t forget to stay fueled and ready with no-wait fill-ups for your portable propane tanks at our locations in Smithfield, Newton Grove, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Clinton. Contact us for details!

Who Benefits More From Propane Tank Monitors?

Is It the Customer, The Supplier, or Both?

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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!

Tank Monitors Are a Win-Win!

Wireless propane tank monitoring is a service that helps us do our job better, while giving you peace of mind.

How Tank Monitors Help You

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.

How Tank Monitors Help Parker Gas

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!