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Propane, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), continues to be one of the most popular energy utilities for homes in Florida. Propane has been used in everything from home heating to industrial metal cutting for decades, and it continues to be one of the most economical and clean-burning fossil fuel available today. Read on to get a brief glimpse at how propane revolutionized modern America in under a century.
Discovery & Commercialization
Propane was first discovered in 1910 by Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert with the U.S. Bureau of mines, who was asked to investigate vapors coming from the gas tank of the Ford Model T. Snelling divided the gas into liquid and vapor components and soon discovered the utility of this new gas for lighting, cooking, and metal cutting. He soon established American Gasol Co. as the first commercial marketer of propane. After the U.S. Bureau of Mines began tracking propane sales in 1922, they doubled in just three short years. Two years later, research into the development of domestic appliances and gas equipment began.
The Golden Age of Propane
Following World War II, the production of propane skyrocketed, and by 1947 approximately 62% of all U.S homes were equipped with either natural gas or propane ranges. Other propane appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers met with similar success in the market, and some cities even used propane to power fleet buses and taxies as early as 1950.
Clean Fuel for the Modern Age
What we now know as the U.S. Department of Energy was established in 1977 in part to monitor the pricing and production of propane and other popular fuel sources. By 1990, propane was recognized as an approved alternative clean fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act, and again in the Energy Policy Act of 1992. As of 2004, the United States consumed more than 15 billion gallons of propane—95 percent of which is produced domestically.
Here at Florida Public Utilities, finding clean and economical energy solutions is our passion. We’ve served communities throughout Central and South Florida for over 90 years, and we can satisfy all of your residential and commercial propane needs. Call (888) 471-0413 to learn more about our electrical, natural gas, and propane delivery services in your area.
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Your safety and comfort is our top priority at Florida Public Utilities, which is why we take pride in maintaining a solid safety record as a leading energy provider in Central and South Florida. From 24/7 emergency service to customer support, we try to reflect our commitment to safety in everything we do. To that end, we’ve provided this brief reminder to help homeowners protect their friends and family and minimize the chance of any gas emergencies, no matter how rare.
Gas appliances and service providers are strictly regulated to prevent any emergencies, but it is still important for homeowners to take all necessary safety precautions. Whenever shopping for a new gas appliance, look for a preferred FPU Energy Partner to ensure that everything is installed safely and efficiently. Also be aware of the recommended maintenance schedule for key appliances and post service reminders in a conspicuous location. If you do notice signs of a gas leak such as a distinctive rotten egg smell, clear the area immediately and contact your gas provider.
Download a printable safety guide from our website today and follow us Facebook and Twitter for even more home maintenance tips. Florida Public Utilities is always available to help you stay comfortable and save on electricity, propane, and gas utilities. Contact us at (888) 471-0413 with any questions or comments about our services near you.
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My physical body is one unit made up of many systems. I have circulatory, digestive, nervous and reproductive systems just to name a few. The proper functioning of each system impacts the whole. If my stomach is upset, my whole body is impacted. Our homes function in the same way!
It is vitally important you grasp this concept. You have one home structure but it has many systems operating within it. You have a heating system, cooling system, duct system, water system, water heating system and the envelope (walls, windows, doors, insulation etc.)
Realizing each of these systems impact how the whole works together is a must when doing energy upgrades. One common mistake people make when doing upgrades is to replace the air conditioner with a high efficiency unit. That is a great move, but it is a terrible move when you do that first! See, all other energy upgrades impact the size of air conditioner you need! An old inefficient home may require one ton of air conditioning for every 500 square feet. I have seen homes that have installed energy efficient upgrades and then only required one ton of air conditioning for 1200 square feet. A two ton air conditioner is less money than a four ton both to buy and operate.
You want to prioritize what energy upgrades you do to get the most impact for your dollars spent. In other words, you want to discover the low-hanging fruit. Stated one more way, how can I spend the least amount of money while getting the greatest amount of savings?
Now that you understand this concept, in my next article I will give you a prioritized list of improvements going from least expensive to most expensive and in the order of priority.
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About 57% of all homes in the U.S. rely on natural gas as their primary heating fuel, and it’s easy to see why considering the benefits of natural gas and its availability throughout Florida. Read on to learn why natural gas is the trusted energy source for more than 750,000 Florida homes and businesses.
A Cleaner Fuel
Natural gas is considered one of the most of the cleanest energy sources available. The average natural gas home emits 46% less carbon than a non-gas home. Other energy sources such as coal-based electricity natural gas waste a significant amount energy just to get to homes—up to 78% in some areas—but natural gas provides up to 90% of usable energy when it is delivered to your home.
A Reliable Energy Source
Extensive safety measures go into the production of natural gas appliances and supply lines, so service is nearly 100% reliable throughout Florida. And because over 97% of the natural gas used in the United States is produced in North America, it is not as susceptible to transport disruptions. Homes with natural gas appliances can even continue using them when electrical power goes out.
An Economical Alternative
Natural gas appliances are generally more efficient and more reliable than their non-gas counterparts. In fact, the operating costs can be up to half as much as electrical appliances. Most of the cost of providing natural gas to homeowners goes into infrastructure, making natural gas prices extremely stable compared to other fossil fuels.
Florida Public Utilities is committed to satisfying all of the propane, natural gas, and electrical needs of residents throughout Central and South Florida. Connect with us online for more energy-saving tips and trivia, or call (888) 471-0413 today for more information about our service rates and availability.
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FPU is a proud sponsor for the Harlem Ambassadors VS Nassau Nets Basketball Charity Event THIS FRIDAY 2/28/14 !
Come out and support the Nassau Nets team and help the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club raise money for programs that serve local communities!!