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    Propane-Fueled Products Help Meet Environmental and Energy Demands

     

    Cost-Efficient Solution on the Farm and in the Home

     

    For More Information Contact:
    Jay Osgood
    (202) 973-3631
    josgood@porternovelli.com

    MOULTRIE, GA (October 16, 2001)—For decades, propane has been a major fuel source in and around the farm, providing an exceptional solution to environmental concerns and energy needs. Now more than ever, consumers and the agriculture industry are turning to new propane-fueled technologies to improve life on the farm. The Georgia Propane Gas Association, with support from the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council), will be working with a variety of manufacturers and propane marketers to showcase propane-fueled products at the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo in Moultrie, GA, October 16–18.

    “Propane has been a significant energy factor on the farm and in the home for nearly a century,” says Jenni McKeen, executive director of the Georgia Propane Gas Association. “Exhibiting at the Sunbelt Ag Expo gives our industry a wonderful opportunity to reach thousands of people with information about propane—a clean-burning, reliable, efficient energy source that can provide their lives with comfort, convenience, and cost-savings.”

    More than 1.5 billion gallons of propane are used on and around more than 660,000 farms every year. Within the home, propane can fuel furnaces, space heaters, water heaters, fireplaces, ranges, and clothes dryers. On the farm, propane fuels vehicles, flame weeding and pest control systems, irrigation pumps, and crop heating and drying equipment.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it could cost consumers twice as much to operate their range, water heater, dryer or furnace with electricity than with propane gas.

    The following chart compares the annual costs associated with owning a propane-fueled home versus an electric home in various states.*

     

     State Alabama        Florida  Georgia   Mississippi North Carolina  South Carolina  Tennessee  Virginia 
     Propane House         $962.47       $612.95         $995.12            $823.78             $1,057.98                $896.46         $979.20    $1,129.37
     Electric House      $1,806.63    $1,072.33      $1,872.50            $823.78             $2,005.15             $1,660.79      $1,836.84    $2,157.72

    *Based on a 2-story 1,800 square foot home, using national average costs for propane ($1.03 gal) and electricity ($.091 /KWh), and historic weather data for key cities within each state.

    For additional information about the propane industry and the benefits propane offers the agriculture industry, please stop by the Georgia Propane Gas Association’s exhibit at Block Number C-10, Lot Number 804 A&B. A variety of propane-fueled appliances will be on display, showing the many benefits propane offers consumers.

    The Georgia Propane Gas Association (GPGA) is the state trade association for the propane gas industry. The Association’s primary focus continues to be education, training and regulatory compliance. The Georgia Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association in a combined effort to promote the safe and increased use of propane, to work for a favorable environment for production, distribution and marketing, and to serve as the principal voice of the propane industry. For more information about the GPGA, please call 770-645-8677.

    The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act signed into law on October 11, 1996. The mission of the Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source through investments in research, safety and consumer education initiatives. The Council can be reached at 202-452-8975 or visit the Web site—www.usepropane.com