Although in the past, propane has been thought of as a rural fuel it is increasingly becoming an alternative to electricity in city areas as well. Home owners and business owners are increasingly choosing residential propane tanks and commercial propane tanks as their choice for energy source. It is thought of for new home construction rather than some former alternatives as well as an increasing use for businesses.
Residential Tank Sizing Overview
Here in the Stateline area consisting of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois we deal with both hot and cold climates. When we have our colder weather your homes require more fuel for heating. This is probably the most important factor when you are selecting residential or home heating propane tanks. Keep in mind that when you use Blackhawk Propane for your propane needs you are getting true professionals that will help you understand the need and most certainly satisfy that need. If you are a city dweller and need propane or live in the country and are in need of a farm and home propane tank, Blackhawk Propane is the answer.
Selecting Propane Tank Size
Residential propane tanks are fairly straightforward. Regardless if it is a home in the city or one in the country, farm and home propane tanks have been used for heating and many other uses. Blackhawk Propane will work with you to determine the optimal tank size for your home and family. Several things go into tank size selection. These variables include but are not limited to:
- Total square footage of the home
- Propane appliances installed in the home
- Geographical location - smaller homes in colder climates will use larger propane tanks
- Total BTU usage (BTU's of all installed propane appliances)
- Pool heater - propane heated pools are high BTU appliances
Residential propane tanks will vary in size between climate regions with larger tanks being placed in cooler climates. LP Gas tank size can be matched to the residential demand requirements especially when working with a professional. Blackhawk Propane is in the business of assisting and working with clients both residential and commercial to make certain the size of the propane tanks they provide are accurate in size and scope for the needs that the client will have. The sizing of the tank will be based upon the average heating load and demand will be matched to the need of the client.
It is easy to get yourself set up with your propane tank. When you call us we will help determine which tank size fits your needs based on the square footage of your home and your anticipated uses. We offer above ground tanks in a variety of sizes.
- 120 gallon
- 250 gallon
- 325 gallon
- 500 gallon*
- 1,000 gallon
*The 500 gallon is our most popular
Residential Propane Uses
Many homeowners chose propane as a reliable, clean, economical energy source. Propane is especially popular for homes in areas where city natural gas mains don't reach, including country homes, farms, houses in rural subdivisions, vacation homes, cottages and other rural dwellings.
According to the National Propane Gas Association, approximately 8.1 million households use propane gas to fuel their home heating systems. Propane gas furnaces provide warmer air, last longer and are less expensive to repair than electric heat pumps.
Propane is also an excellent fuel source for:
- Water heaters
- Clothes dryers
- Pool heaters
- Air conditioners
- Ovens and stoves
- Garage heaters
- Barbecue grills
Many recreational vehicles have rv propane tanks and are in use at many campgrounds.
Propane is much cheaper than electricity. In fact, it is about half as expensive, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Propane gas water heaters cost less than electric units and are more efficient, thereby saving homeowners nearly $2,000 over the life of the unit. Gas dryers produce dry clothes faster than electric models, at a savings of up to 65 percent in energy costs. Gas fireplace systems also are money-savers, costing between 30 and 60 percent less per hour of operation than wood-burning fireplaces.
Gas stoves are preferred by 97 percent of professional chefs and also offer advantages over electric models. They offer instant heat, excellent temperature control and are unaffected by power outages.
Propane is also environmentally friendly. It burns with few emissions eliminating the strong odor associated with fuel oil and is more reliable than other alternative energy sources.
Liquefied Petroleum is just another name for propane. We will fill LP tanks for barbecue grills, recreational vehicles and other uses at our office on Doner Drive in South Beloit.
Remember, every sixth refill of your 20-pound propane tank is FREE! Simply have your Blackhawk Propane LP Card stamped with every fill.