Landscapers Cutting Costs with Propane for Mowing Season
LANCASTER, Wis. – April 24, 2012 – With gasoline prices rising across the country, homeowners and businesses alike are turning to affordable, fuel-efficient technology to power their lawn mowers. Many are converting lawncare equipment to run on propane, which offers both lower fuel costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline.
“I think we’ve heard a lot lately about high gas prices affecting commuters and fleets, but it also has an impact on commercial lawncare companies and other organizations that rely on affordable fuel to power their mowers,” says Doug Pink, president of Wisconsin propane retailer Charter Fuels. “More businesses than ever are going green with propane mowers and cutting costs in the process.”
Commercial mowers can use upwards of 1,000 gallons of fuel a year, so at a savings of more than $1.25 per gallon compared to gasoline, switching to propane is a smart choice. In addition to lower fuel prices, propane mowers have longer operating times between fueling compared to traditional gasoline mowers, with no loss of cutting power.
Gasoline mowers account for an estimated five percent of air pollution in the U.S., according to the EPA. To put it in perspective, website Gas 2.0 estimates that one traditional gasoline-powered mower can make the same amount of pollution as 43 new cars driven 12,000 miles in a year. Propane-powered mowers reduce emissions by up to 30 percent, so landscapers can help beautify the environment of their communities in more way than one. Propane mowers are so green, they can even be used on “ozone action” days.
“The investment in switching mowers to run on clean propane really pays off for businesses, especially when the traditional summer gas price hike happens,” says Pink. “Clean and cost-effective, propane mowers are the cutting edge of cutting grass, so to speak.”
About Charter Fuels
Family owned and operated for four generations, Charter Fuels has provided the communities it serves with reliable warmth, expert energy solutions and greater peace of mind for more than 86 years. It has offices servicing 46 counties across Wisconsin, upper Michigan, northern Illinois, eastern Iowa and eastern Minnesota. Charter is part of the national Alliance AutoGas complete program, providing vehicle conversions, fuel station installation, fuel supply, staff safety training and ongoing technical support. Active in the local community, Charter Fuels donates profits from its pink propane delivery truck in conjunction with the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Pink-Ribbon” campaign. Visit www.charterfuels.com for more information.