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!

Use Your Landscaping To Lower Your Energy Costs

Some smart planting and trimming can result in big savings!

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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.

Here are some recommendations for our part of North Carolina from the United States Department of Energy.

Talk with an expert at your local garden center for specifics on which plants, trees, and shrubs work best for your property.

Block The Wind

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.

Let There Be Light

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!

Advantages of Propane Appliances

Discover What They Can Do for Your Home or Business!

propane uses north carolinaMany 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.

Propane for Your Home

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.

Propane Takes Care of Business

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!

5 Reasons To Replace Your Water Heater

Parker Gas Is Here To Help!

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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.

Why A High-Efficiency Water Heater?

Here are 5 reasons why now is the right time to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency water heater.

Comfort

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!

Efficiency

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!

Savings on Energy Costs

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!

Safety

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.

Rebates

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!

Propane Outdoor Appliances Make Your Outdoors Great

Upgrade To A New Propane Grill This Summer With Parker Gas!

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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!

Our Cylinder Refill Makes Getting Propane Easy!

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.

Other Ways Propane Enhances Your Outdoor Living

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!

Why Should Builders Choose Propane?

Discover What Propane Can Do For Your Business!

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.

7 Propane Perks For Home Builders

Here are seven reasons why your next home building project should include propane.

Amenities

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!

Comfort

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.

Security

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.

Efficiency

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.

Environmental Friendliness

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.

Safety

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).

Incentives

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.

Propane Safety Tips To Prepare For Barbecue Season

Don’t Let An Accident Ruin Your Summer Fun

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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.

Transport And Store Propane Cylinders Safely

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.

Get Your Grill Ready

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.

Play It Safe When Grilling

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!

Come To Parker Gas For Safe Propane Cylinder Refill

Always Have Enough Propane For Your Grill!

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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!

Advantages Of Propane Cylinder Refill

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.

Safety First!

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.

Propane Safety Tips For Barbecue Season

Enjoy Grilling The Right Way!

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Barbecue season is beginning in earnest here in North Carolina, and we’re eager to get outside and fire up our propane grills.

You can get a fresh supply of propane at one of our six propane cylinder refill locations.

Before you begin your grilling, read the safety tips below so you can prevent fires, burns, and other problems. Nothing ruins a cookout like a trip to the emergency room or having the fire department come.

Inspecting Your Grill

While cleaning your grill at the start of the season, give your grill a thorough inspection. Look for leaks by applying soapy water to your propane cylinder and hose connections, then turn on the gas supply to the grill. If you see bubbles rising from the hose, connection points, or cylinder, turn the grill off right away and get it serviced. Also, look for rust. Replace any parts that are heavily rusted.

If your grill has lots of worn-out and rusted parts, it’s time to upgrade to a safe, easy-to-use propane grill from Parker Gas! Come by one of our showrooms at any of our six office locations to find the right one for you.

Placing Your Grill

The most important safety tip for placing your propane grill is that it must be outdoors. Using it indoors, even in the garage or carport, is not only a fire risk but it can create a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.

The grill needs to be on a flat, level surface to prevent it from tipping over.

Give your grill a wide clearance from anything combustible, including the house, siding, rails, and furniture. Also, don’t place it near windows.

Using Your Grill

Have the lid open when starting the grill to prevent gas from building up under the closed lid and causing a flash burn.

Once you have started your grill, don’t move it. You could get burned and moving it could dislodge a burner tube or other parts in the grill.

Never leave your grill unattended when using it. Use the social distancing rule when it comes to your grill and children or pets: Keep them at least six feet from your grill.

Clean your grill regularly to keep grease from building up on the burners or base of the grill, as that creates a fire hazard.

Once you are finished grilling, turn off all the burners on the grill and turn off the propane supply at the propane cylinder.

You can always have a full propane cylinder on hand with our cylinder refill service. Click here to find the location near you!

Propane Incentives Can Help Landscapers

Go Green And Save Some Green With Propane!

propane autogas north carolinaWith the arrival of spring comes opportunities for income and growth for your landscaping business.

One investment you can make now that will pay off for years to come is converting your landscaping equipment and vehicles to propane.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) offers incentives to a wide range of businesses to use propane. Those incentives are also available for landscaping business. They are designed to help reduce the up-front cost of propane mowers.

Landscaping companies can get $1,000 for each purchase of a qualifying new propane commercial mower, and $500 for each qualifying mower conversion to propane.

You may also be eligible for incentives from the state for converting your vehicle fleet to propane autogas.

The commercial fuel experts at Parker Gas can help you navigate the incentive programs and help you convert your equipment and vehicles to propane.

More Benefits For Propane Landscaping Equipment

The investment in converting to propane pays off in several ways.

Propane typically costs less per gallon than gasoline. You may even get a tax break by converting your vehicles and trucks to propane!

Productivity is increased because your employees will spend less time refueling equipment. Replacing an empty propane tank with a full one is a matter of moments and work continues. When your fleet vehicles use autogas, they are filled at your business and your employees don’t have to stop work to find a filling station.

Because propane is clean burning, your equipment and vehicles will last longer, and need fewer repairs and less maintenance. Less time in the shop means more time out on jobs generating income for your business.

Autogas: Better For Your Fleet Vehicles

Like equipment, propane is better for your landscaping trucks and other fleet vehicles. Its clean burning reduces engine wear, saving you on maintenance and repair costs while helping your trucks and vehicles last longer.

Using autogas and propane-powered equipment makes managing your fuel usage easier and virtually eliminates fuel theft, helping to lower your costs even more.

Do you have questions about converting your landscaping equipment and vehicles to propane? Contact us and we’ll gladly answer any questions you have.