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"We have been thrilled with converting our lawn equipment fleet to propane autogas. The biggest benefit isn't even the more affordable fuel; it's that our maintenance and repair costs have decreased dramatically. Propane is so much cleaner and so much easier on our machines that I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself." —Chris Lee, president of EarthWorks, a North Texas commercial landscaping company

Propane for Mowers and Other Landscaping Equipment: 
It's All About the Green

Landscape companies across the country are switching to propane-powered mowers and equipment such as trimmers and leaf blowers and enjoying both cost savings and a marketing edge.

Cost savings

Although propane-powered equipment costs a bit more up front, and converting gas-powered machines to propane does require an investment, switching to propane quickly results in net cost savings in several ways:

  • Propane, on average, costs 5% to 15% less than gasoline or diesel.
  • Propane causes much less wear and tear on engines than gasoline or diesel, significantly reducing maintenance costs and extending the life of the engine.
  • There is reduced risk of loss due to theft or spillage.
  • Businesses can negotiate competitive, locked-in rates on propane, avoiding the uncertainty of fluctuating fuel prices and the need to impose fuel surcharges on customers.
  • Easier, often on-site, and less frequent refueling saves labor costs.
  • Companies can take advantage of purchase or conversion rebates and incentives as well as tax credits and exemptions on refueling costs.
  • Propane is less flammable than diesel or gasoline, reducing the risk of loss due to accidents.

Green marketing

Consumers usually have multiple choices in landscaping providers, and providing sustainable, environmentally friendly services is one way your company can set itself apart. Additionally, you can feel good about reducing your own carbon footprint. Here are some of the environmental benefits of using propane:

  • Use of propane mowers results in an almost 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing carcinogens and toxins such as toluene and benzene as much as 90% and smog-producing hydrocarbons by 60% to 70%. It also results in an 80% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions.
  • The improvement in air quality is significant given that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 5% of U.S. air pollution is caused by emissions from lawn care vehicles.
  • Propane is clean burning and non-toxic, causing no harm to the water or soil.
  • Propane is abundantly available in the U.S., with 90% of the propane used being domestically produced, which means a consistent supply and reduced dependence on foreign oil.
  • Propane-powered equipment is quieter than equipment that run on diesel or gasoline, reducing noise pollution. 
  • Propane-fueled mowers offer a viable way to comply with federal alternative fuel vehicle requirements for fleets.

Looking for more incentives?

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) is offering an incentive program for qualifying propane-powered mower purchases and conversions. Click here for more information. 

Sources:
http://www.autogasusa.org/mower-incentive/
http://www.gogreenmetrolawn.com/
http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/lawn-landscape-0311-propane-power-alternative-fuel.aspx
http://landscapesolutionsllc.com/using-green-technology
http://www.autogasusa.org/propane-vehicles-and-equipment/ground-maintenance-equipment/lawn-equipment/
http://www.autogasusa.org/propane-vehicles-and-equipment/ground-maintenance-equipment/mowers/
http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/news/51513/earthworks-using-propane-autogas-for-landscaping-equipment

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