What Do You Need to Start Using Propane in Your Home or Business?

28 June 2019
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Natural gas is one of the cheapest energy sources in the United States. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this vital resource. This leaves many with less favorable options such as the use of electricity to heat their houses, cook, dry clothes, etc.

Luckily, the use of propane is becoming increasingly common. This alternative to natural gas can be just as economical in some instances. Some even argue that LPG can be cheaper in the long run for some users. What do you need to do to be able to use LPG in your commercial building or home?

Find a Supplier

If you intend to use LPG in your house or commercial building, the first thing you'll need to find is a company that will be supplying you with LPG on a regular basis. You'll need a supplier that is close enough to deliver the gas once your supply runs out. Unlike natural gas which pumped to your house as long as the bill is paid, LPG is supplied in finite amounts. The gas is usually transported by road. Once you determine the supplier, have a propane tank installation service safely install it on your property.

On-Site Storage 

The next challenge you'll need to overcome will be how to store the gas when it's in your commercial building or home. Suppliers typically provide the gas in metallic cylinders of various sizes. This allows you to pick a cylinder size that is well suited for the needs of your building.

However, the size of the cylinder you pick may be restricted by the amount of space available on your property. These gas cylinders are usually kept out of the way e.g. in basements. You may not have the space to store a 90kg cylinder within your house. Therefore, you'll need to figure out where you'll be keeping the gas cylinder inside your house.

Additionally, the cylinder sizes available from suppliers may not be enough to meet your needs. Commercial property owners often construct their own LPG storage tanks on site.

LPG Compatible Appliances

The last challenge to using LPG in your building is finding suitable appliances. Natural gas is supplied at a lower pressure compared to LPG. This means that appliances compatible with LPG may not work with LPG without certain adjustments. 

If you haven't purchased your appliances yet, ensure that the ones you get are compatible with LPG. Some of your existing appliances may have been designed to be compatible with both LPG and natural gas but always check to ensure the setting is correct.