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Commercial Propane vs Electric Systems

Published on: March 25, 2024

How to Lower Electric Bills and Improve Efficiency with Propane

commercial propane Christiansburg, VA When it comes to running your business, your bottom line is as important to delivering great product and service. Keeping a sharp eye on every line item in your budget is essential.

Expenses like electricity can seem nonnegotiable. Sure, you can take measures to save energy—LED bulbs, lights on timers—but it’s essential for computers, and lights. But you might be surprised to find that many of the systems and equipment that are essential for your operation could run more efficiently with commercial propane.

Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, commercial propane appliances and equipment are very efficient, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process.

Tired of soaring electric bills? Here’s how commercial propane can help reduce energy costs and power your commercial operations more efficiently.

Propane for Heating

Commercial spaces tend to be large, open areas. That makes them harder to heat and harder to keep warm. Propane furnaces are more efficient than electric heating systems, and provide more even, comfortable heat.

Commercial propane heating equipment has a wide range of capacity as well as flexibility, ranging from 44,000 Btus with efficiency levels of up to 98 percent, to capacities as large as 225,000 Btus and higher. Depending on what type of heating you need—for example, for multiple smaller tenants or one large one, you can take advantage of roof-top units, multiple smaller furnaces that can meet the heating needs of specific parts of the building. That type of zoning ability not only improves efficiency, but offers great value for your tenants.

Propane is also great for agricultural heating, such as greenhouses, barns and more.

Propane for Hot Water

Even if the only need for hot water in your commercial building is for restrooms, if you are using propane for space heating, it only makes sense to use this versatile and efficient fuel for water heating, too. Propane ideal for heating water for all the same reasons it’s great at generating heat. Depending on the needs of your operation or your tenants, you can install a single propane tank water heater or multiple, individual tankless units for each tenant. Individual on-demand water heaters mean you (or your tenants) aren’t paying to heat water over weekends and at night, unless they need to.

Forklifts & Industrial Needs

Compared to electric-powered forklifts, propane-powered forklifts perform more like gas-powered equipment. They’re better at handling heavy loads and more capable when it comes to inclines. And, they are safe to use indoors and out.

In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including
welding equipment, pressure washers, small cranes, agricultural and landscaping equipment, and more.

Hospitality & Food Service

Professional chefs prefer gas for cooking. Hotels, hospitals, nursing facilities all benefit from propane for cooking, water heating and space heating, as well as for industrial washers and clothes dryers, just to name a few. Propane is also ideal for patio heaters and outdoor lighting.

Backup Power

Whether you are operating your own business or have commercial tenants, imagine the value you can offer with a propane backup generator that will turn on automatically in the event of a power outage. It can be set up to operate essential systems for your building and your tenants, protecting perishables, keeping security systems and computer systems online and operating until the utilities can make repairs.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to save money for your operation or add value for your tenants, talk to the propane experts at SWVA about adding propane to your commercial property. Our team has the experience to make sure you have the right size tank to service your building and your needs, and set up a customized automatic delivery schedule for you. Find out why so many commercial building owners in Radford and southwest Virginia prefer SWVA!

Contact us for more information today.