golf courses and the use of propane

According to a recent article from Golfdom, (an online magazine whose primary readership are superintendents-the people who manage and maintain golf courses), the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has teamed up with 8 golf courses across the country to test propane-powered lawn mowers on their grounds. These 8 courses are currently recording performance data, which includes fuel savings, during their trial period, and have reported favorable results thus far. Jeremy Wishart, PERC’s deputy director of business development, stated, “Many of the superintendents are already reporting significant operational cost savings with the propane equipment—some in the thousands of dollars range—compared with their gasoline and diesel-fueled equipment.”

One of the courses chosen to participate, located in Tacoma, WA, is a course that has earned the Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary certification. This is an award-winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. It’s easy to see why propane-powered mowers are an ideal choice for this course, since propane uses less energy, creates less air pollution, and cause the mowers to run at a lower cost.

One of the concerns the golf courses had regarding the use of propane-powered mowers, was that of power loss. This concern was tempered quickly after the trial period began, when the mowers did not have a negative influence on power saving. What we’ve learned from this trial thus far strongly suggests that propane-powered mowers greatly benefit companies.

When companies use propane-powered mowers, there are a lot of benefits from the tanks alone. If a company is using gas or diesel, there can be plenty of confusion between the tanks. Since propane is a sealed tank, it is impossible to confuse it for another type of fuel. Propane tanks are made from steel or aluminum, and are therefore 20 times more crash resistant than plastic gasoline tanks, plus these sealed tanks also prevent spillage and fuel theft.

The benefits of its tank aside, propane is also a nontoxic material, meaning it is not harmful to water, air, or soil. If propane leaks, it doesn’t puddle on the ground like gas or diesel and kill the grass, but instead safely vaporizes and dissipated into the air.

Additionally, there are lower maintenance costs when using propane as your primary fuel source. Propane is less expensive than gas or diesel and if you are located in an area that has ozone action days, propane mowers are safe to run on those days. Furthermore, more than 97% of propane that is used in the United States comes from U.S. soil.

These benefits have always been apparent, but thanks to this recent study, we’re learning even more about the advantages of propane as a fuel source. If you are thinking that propane might be the answer to your high fuel costs and want to shrink your carbon footprint, we have conversion kits for the most popular gas mowers out there. Converting to a new fuel source has never been easier; contact us to start saving money on fuel today!

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