In a challenging economic climate, it’s important to manage costs while maintaining the quality and service your customers expect. That’s why you should know all the ways commercial propane can help your business!
From manufacturing, construction, and warehousing to agriculture, landscaping, hospitality and a broad range of other industries, commercial propane can help you provide value to your customers without hurting your bottom line. If you’re located in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee, let Admiral help you make the most of propane for your business.
Here are 20 great reasons to use propane in your business if you aren’t already doing so:
1. Propane is better for the environment. That’s a fact! And it’s becoming more and more important to customers, as well.
2. Compared to other heating fuels—including electricity—propane heats quickly and burns cleanly, all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
3. Propane costs on average 2.5 times less per Btu than heating with electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy
4. Propane is nontoxic and can’t harm soil or groundwater.
5. Propane has a very narrow range of flammability.
6. Propane is efficient for heating and provides consistent heat ideal for warming livestock barns, hatcheries, and greenhouses.
7. Clean-burning propane can power much of your landscaping and agricultural equipment, from commercial mowers to irrigation engines.
8. Propane flame weeders deliver effective, organic weed control.
9. Propane is an ideal fuel for crop drying.
Propane-fueled forklifts will keep your warehouse, construction, or industrial facilities running smoothly with less downtime. Here are just a few of the advantages:
10. Propane-fueled forklifts can be used outdoors in wet conditions, unlike electric-powered forklifts.
11. Propane-powered forklifts will operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. An electric forklift loses power as the battery drains.
12. Refueling is quick and easy with replaceable cylinders and our convenient cylinder exchange service. Recharging an electric forklift takes equipment out of service for hours, slowing down operations.
13. Propane-powered forklifts also handle heavy loads better and are more capable when it comes to inclines.
14. In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including welding equipment, asphalt heaters, concrete grinders, saws, polishers, trowels, and dust extractors, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps, floor buffers and more.
15. Propane puts less wear on equipment, keeping it out of the shop and keeping your operations running smoothly.
16. Professional chefs prefer gas for cooking versus other energy sources.
17. Hotels, hospitals, and nursing facilities all benefit from propane for cooking, water heating and space heating, as well as for industrial washers and clothes dryers, just to name a few!
18. Food trucks use propane to power mobile kitchens.
19. Resorts and country clubs use propane for everything from commercial kitchens to groundskeeping equipment.
20. Restaurants and hotels use propane for cooking as well as outdoor space heaters and firepits.
Admiral Propane is committed to providing the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential clients. We’re known for our customer service and a real understanding of your needs and our commitment to providing our commercial clients with the most dependable commercial propane service in the area! Not only that, but we also offer fair, transparent pricing so there are never any unpleasant surprises for you.
Contact us today for more information.
If you’ve never realized prior, your water heater works extremely hard for you! In fact, the typical American household uses between 60 and 65 gallons of hot water a day for bathing and showering, washing dishes, laundry, cleaning, and other tasks. Your water heater produces that hot water, day in and day out.
So, have you ever stopped to think about how your water heater works? There are two types of water heaters: storage tank and tankless. Depending on the type of water heater you have—and how old it is—it may be working harder than necessary and driving your energy bills up, too. Here’s how they both work and how they can help you save money.
Storage-tank water heaters are exactly what they sound like: a big storage tank—typically about 20 to 80 gallons—that keep all that water hot, so it’s ready when you need it. These types of units use a thermostat to make sure the water is always hot enough when you want to use it. It heats water to the set temperature and then reheats it as it cools. This is called “standing heat loss” and it’s the main drawback of tank-style water heaters.
They can use propane or electricity to heat the water—so how much hot water you use can have a big impact on your energy bills. Further, because they hold a lot of water at any given point in time, storage tank water heaters are susceptible to rust and corrosion, which can lead to leaks. You need to stay vigilant for signs of deterioration!
Another drawback to tank-style water heaters is that you’re limited by the size of your tank. On busy mornings, when everyone needs to shower and get out, someone likely ends up with a lukewarm experience.
On the plus side, storage-tank water heaters are relatively inexpensive to purchase. The newest models are very energy efficient, and you can also add additional insulation to reduce heat loss. (But they can still end up costing you more to operate.)
Tankless water heaters save energy by instantly heating water only when you need it—not for hours on end. When you turn on the tap, water flows through the unit and is heated instantly by a propane-fueled heating element. When you turn off the tap, the unit stops heating water.
Compare this to the cost of operating a traditional water heater, which requires you to keep a tank holding many gallons of water hot and ready to use all the time. As a result, you can enjoy virtually unlimited hot water—while seeing savings of up to 40%!
You’ll save space as well as energy. Tankless water heaters are compact—about the size of a suitcase—and can even hang on a wall or in a closet, freeing up room in your basement or utility room. That said, there are different sizes designed to fit different needs. Rather than total gallons, their output is measured in a flow rate of gallons per minute. The more hot water you need at the same time will require a higher flow rate.
The main downside to a tankless water heater is the upfront purchase price, but they will pay for themselves in savings in the long run, compared to a storage tank style, which cost less up front, but will cost you more over time.
Want to learn more about your water heating options? Admiral’s expert team is always happy to answer your questions. We sell and install a broad selection of high-efficiency water heaters–including storage and tankless styles, and we can help you choose the best option for your needs. We can also help you take advantage of money-saving rebates.
Enjoy energy efficiency, comfort, and savings with a new water heater. We can even help you install it this season! Contact us today to get started.
Some people feel that a hearth makes a house a home. But if your house doesn’t have a chimney, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the warmth and charm that a fireplace brings. The answer is a direct vent gas fireplace. What exactly is a direct vent gas fireplace?
A direct vent gas fireplace is a glassed-in fireplace that uses a dual-chambered piping system to simultaneously draw in air to feed the fire while expelling exhaust fumes to the outside.
All that’s needed is access to propane gas—and an expert in gas fireplace installation. Admiral Propane has you covered on both with reliable delivery service and a great selection backed up by a team of industry professionals.
There’s a lot to like about direct-vent propane fireplaces.
For starters, they are versatile. The space requirements between the fireplace and wallboard or wood are minimal, which means they can be installed almost anywhere with access to the exterior wall. That means you can incorporate the ambiance and warmth into just about any room, including living rooms and family rooms…but also kitchens and dining rooms. Create your dream master suite or a spa-like bathroom escape, just by adding a gas fireplace. You can also convert traditional fireplaces to a maintenance-free propane hearth with a gas log insert.
They also provide efficient supplemental heat without the mess, smoke, and ash of a wood-burning fireplace. At the same time, they are much more attractive than a space heater by delivering cozy charm as well as real warmth. In fact, direct-vent fireplaces are better at heating a room than a traditional fireplace, which lets a lot of heat escape right up the chimney.
And a direct vent fireplace is much safer. No more playing with matches and waiting for tricky kindling to catch—you can turn on and adjust the flame with a wall switch or even a remote control. When you’re done, simply turn it off instead of waiting for embers to burn out.
Additionally, the glassed-in design that makes them heat more efficiently and effectively prevents burns, while the design of the venting system pulls fumes safely outside.
There is a wide range of design options available. Go with the traditional look of a mantle and hearth, including realistic logs, or choose a more contemporary style. Express your design vision with a long, linear model with stones or glass instead of logs, or turn an odd corner into a striking focal point.
Whether you’re looking to make upgrades for yourself or to add value for a potential sale of your Tri-Cities home, adding a propane-fueled fireplace or stove is an easy and affordable option.
Let the team at Admiral show you how easy and affordable installing a gas fireplace can be. We service and install everything we sell, and we stand by our work. Contact us for more information today, and kick back by your own fireplace before the holidays.
Depending on where you grew up, you probably lived in a home heated with heating oil or electric heat. So, the idea of heating a home with propane might seem odd if you’re not familiar.
Most people think propane is just for grills and camping. But as electric rates go up and the cost of oil remains unpredictable, many homeowners are looking for a domestic fuel source with less volatile prices. Others are wondering if oil is the greenest choice. And once they learn more, most people are discovering all the benefits of propane.
Propane is a byproduct of natural gas. Because it is compressed and stored in a liquid state, it is sometimes referred to as Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG.
Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat at an affordable price. Propane also offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances at a much lower cost than electricity.
Here’s what you probably didn’t know about propane, and why so many customers in the Tri-Cities area are making the switch:
Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, and it delivers more than twice the Btus of natural gas, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy.
Also, propane appliances are very efficient too, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.
Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances, in addition to heating your home. For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174.
The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat:
While it’s a highly flammable gas under certain conditions, leaks are rare, and propane is a safe and clean-burning way to heat your home and water and run many of your appliances. Propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell to help you quickly notice leaking gas.
Propane can also help keep your home and family safe. When storms knock out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights and everything else running until the utility companies can make repairs. In addition, a gas stove will continue to work during a power outage. Now that’s some added peace of mind!
Whether you’re ready to make the switch, or have more questions, the professionals at Admiral Propane have the knowledge, experience, and resources to answer all your questions about the benefits of a propane-heated home.
What’s even better? We can get you started, with the right size propane tank for your needs, reliable propane delivery and more. Contact us for more information today.
You’ve probably replaced the portable propane tank on your grill dozens of times. It’s not hard—just make sure the gas is off, disconnect the empty tank, and connect the new one.
That said, it’s a little more complicated to replace a full-size propane tank that holds a couple hundred gallons. It’s no DIY project! Fortunately, when your full-size tank runs low, you don’t need to replace the whole tank—Admiral Propane provides reliable propane delivery service all around Blountville and beyond. But sometimes, you do need to replace your tank.
Whether you need to install a new tank or replace an old one, the team at Admiral has the expertise to handle everything for you, and we’ll make sure the job is done safely and properly. While you can trust us to take care of everything, there are a few upfront decisions you’ll need to make if you are considering a new propane tank.
If your propane storage tank is too small, you’ll need to order propane too often—or risk the cost and hassle of runouts. Getting a big tank means you’ll need fewer refills—and you may be able to avoid or lessen the sting of price spikes. But a bigger tank is, well, bigger…so you’ll need space to bury it. And if it’s above ground, a huge tank can be less attractive to the aesthetics of your yard.
We can help you determine the best size propane tank for your needs based on the size of your Tri-Cities area home as well as how many appliances you’ll be fueling.
The easiest way to go if you’re replacing an old tank is to use the same setup with the new one. But if it’s a new propane tank, here’s what to consider with either option:
At Admiral, you have the option of buying your propane tank, or leasing it from us. The downside of owning your propane storage tank is that the responsibility for the tank is also yours. That includes maintenance, repairs, fees, safety checks, and more in addition to up-front purchase and installation costs. In fact, buying and installing your own tank could cost anywhere from $450 to $3,000, depending on its size and type!
On the other hand, when you lease your tank from Admiral, all the maintenance and repairs are handled by our experienced, in-house professionals.
Once you’ve made your decisions about size and location, we’ll take care of the rest. From permits to lighting your pilots after your first fill-up, we’ll make it look as easy as changing out your grill cylinder. Following testing and safety inspections, we’ll light pilot lights, check appliances for proper operation and answer any questions you may have about the tank installation, service arrangements or delivery schedules.
When we’re done, you’ll understand why homeowners throughout the Tri-cities area of eastern Tennessee, Greenville, and southern Virginia count on Admiral Propane to provide reliable fuel service.
Whether you decide on an aboveground or underground propane tank, know that the pros at Admiral can make selecting, installing, and maintaining your tank easy. And we’ll provide reliable propane delivery services, too. Contact us for more information today.
Running out of propane can be a real hassle. There’s the inconvenience, of course. Then there’s the cost of an emergency fill-up PLUS a leak test for safety. And even if your tank doesn’t hit completely empty, you could still face some real problems. When propane levels get too low, air can get into your system, which can lead to expensive damage.
Note: In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.
So, how do you avoid running out completely? Automatic Fill service is one way to avoid runouts. But…automatic deliveries aren’t the best solution for everyone.
If your propane use fluctuates, we can’t use our algorithm to best predict your needs. Customers who travel often or for extended periods, or those who run a rental property, tend to use propane inconsistently, using a lot one month and less at other times. Even things like using your propane hearth often can affect your usage. That’s why the real-time accuracy of our wireless propane tank monitoring service is so great!
Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane in your tank in real-time and transmit your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level—typically about 25-30% full—the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via a wireless mobile app.
In addition to timely alerts, the app gives you even more control and insight. You can use it to easily track and adjust your monthly energy consumption and better save on energy costs.
Even if you don’t use it to improve energy efficiency, a tank monitor can save you the expense and hassle of fuel runouts and take the guesswork out of knowing exactly when to order fuel—especially if you’re ordering propane for a second home…or you just forget to check your gauges!
A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in just a matter of minutes! Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up 100% hassle-free.
Your heating system is probably the last thing you’re thinking about in July or August. However, the dog days of summer are a smart time to have us come in and take care of any problems you may have noticed but didn’t take care of quite yet. It’s a good time to schedule your seasonal tune-up, too!
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the fall or mid-winter for heating equipment repairs:
Of course, you need hot water year-round. But that’s even more reason to make sure your water heater is working properly here and now. Tankless water heaters will serve you longer than a tank-type heater, but they do need regular system flushing to ensure they last.
According to Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong, it will—and usually at the worst time. But taking care of small problems over the summer can prevent them from becoming major breakdowns in the middle of winter—when your system is working it’s hardest.
Why wait? Contact the team at Admiral Propane today to make sure your heating equipment is tuned up and ready for fall.
Make no mistake…summer is outdoor entertaining season! Even on a weeknight, it’s nice to get out of the kitchen. But nothing puts a damper on the chilling and grilling like propane cylinder running on fumes. You need a propane refill station near you that offers propane when you need it—especially one that also offers affordable prices—and no lines!
Admiral has multiple convenient locations for fast tank refills in the Tri-cities and Greenville area.
If you use your propane grill frequently, Admiral’s propane refill stations can help ensure you always have enough propane in your tank so that you won’t run out during your next cookout or backyard barbeque.
Need a fresh propane cylinder for your camp generator or RV generator? Our propane refill and stations aren’t just for your BBQ tank. Propane cylinders and small tanks provide fuel for patio and deck heaters so you can enjoy your backyard earlier and later in the season.
Local businesses appreciate our efficient refill stations, too. Commercial customers that use propane cylinders for equipment like forklifts or landscaping equipment appreciate our quick and easy service to keep them on the job.
Admiral Propane’s two locations are in Blountville (Tri-Cities) & Greeneville, and we will happily fill your cylinder with up to 20-100 pounds of propane.
Admiral Propane Blountville:
2002 Highway 75
Blountville, TN 37617
Admiral Propane Greeneville:
1145 Forest Street
Greeneville, TN 37664
You can also get our propane at one of our partner locations, listed below:
Refilling or exchanging your cylinder is a snap. Bring your empty tank to us during business hours whenever you need a refill.
Always remember to handle propane cylinders safely:
Whether you need a 20-gallon refill, or you want to buy an extra tank so that you always have a spare on-hand, Admiral is happy to help you with our convenient portable tank refill service. Contact us today for more information.
Admiral Propane customers who’ve been with us for any length of time know we’re committed to customer service. We go out of our way to make sure we offer reliable deliveries and a range of programs designed to make your life easier—and make propane costs better manageable. This year will prove to be no exception. Amidst supply chain issues and geopolitical conflict, higher prices have been seen across the board—not just for the propane we deliver to your home but also at the gas pump and at the grocery store. While we can’t control the cost of fuel, we offer two easy ways to take the sting out of volatile fuel costs.
We know every household budget is different. Read on to see how each works and discover the best option for you:
Even when fuel prices are low, this plan always popular! That’s because our Easy Payment Plan is a smart way to manage winter heating oil and propane costs and avoid unexpected high invoices. It doesn’t matter how cold it gets or how much fuel you use!
We’ll look at your past fuel usage patterns, considering your expected gallons for the year at the current market prices. From there, we’ll spread your costs evenly over 11 months, from June to April. You could see winter bills nearly 50% lower by spreading out your payments. And because you are paying the same amount each month, it’s easy for you to budget your expenses. In May, we’ll adjust your payment to reflect additional usage—or apply a credit to your account if you used less fuel or prices were lower.
The point of the plan is to keep your fuel costs level and manageable, so even if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike, you’ll avoid big fluctuations and surprise high bills.
With our Pre-Buy Plan, you buy your fuel before the heating season begins. And please don’t worry, we won’t deliver it all at once! This lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing by locking in your per-gallon price ahead of time and eliminates worry over unexpected price jumps.
You’ll also be automatically enrolled in our automatic fill service, so you don’t even have to think about ordering. Don’t use as much propane as you paid for? We’ll credit you toward the next season!
No matter what happens with prices next winter, both of our price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable. And even our Automatic Fill service helps you save! Automatic Fill customers pay 10-cents less per gallon, while will-call customers pay the market rate for their date of delivery, plus a per-gallon surcharge. Plus, with auto fill service, you avoid the worry of running out and the expense and hassle of pressure testing your tank and lines.
If you’d like to sign up for the Easy Payment or Pre-Buy Plans, spring is the time to enroll. Review your options here or contact Admiral Propane to learn about all the ways we can help you save.
Are you adding or switching to propane for your Tri-Cities area home? It’s a great decision! Propane is a versatile, eco-friendly, and an incredible energy-efficient choice to power a variety of your home’s heating systems and supplemental equipment. The next big decision is whether you want an aboveground or an underground propane tank. While aesthetics might make putting your tank underground seem like the obvious option, safety and budget are important considerations. Here’s everything you need to consider before you make your choice.
While the cost of the tank itself mainly depends on size, an underground tank will cost as much as twice the amount.
To locate a propane tank underground, you need permits, and you need to budget for excavation, including contractors and extra labor to bury your tank properly and safely. In addition, “sacrificial anodes,” which help prevent corrosion, need to be buried near the tank. An underground tank also needs a special anti-corrosion coating and regular maintenance checks.
An above-ground tank simply needs to meet distance requirements and have appropriate permits. Sometimes, a concrete base is needed for stability, but the cost is small, and we can usually handle it for you. Because it’s aboveground, maintenance is never a tall task.
Aboveground tanks are very safe; however, they are more exposed to the elements, which can make them a little less durable if they’re subjected to extreme or extended heat and cold.
Generally, underground tanks are considered “safer” than aboveground tanks. One main reason for that is that they are protected from temperature fluctuations. Underground tanks are also safer in the event of a leak. Unlike oil, propane can’t harm soil or water, and because the tank is buried, leaking propane can’t escape into the air, causing a fire hazard.
There are numerous other factors to consider, though. For example, if you live in a flood-prone area, an aboveground tank is the safer option. Aboveground tanks stand a few inches off the ground and are bolted down making it more stable and less exposed during flood conditions.
When you invest time and money in making your home and yard look nice, you don’t want a tank ruining the view. But sometimes there isn’t the space—or the budget—to bury your tank. We understand. Usually, we can help situate your tank at the side or the back of your home, in as unobtrusive a place as possible. And we also have all our tanks painted an attractive tan shade that blends in better than a stark white or silver tank.
Of course, “good-looking tanks” shouldn’t be the only factor when choosing the right company for your propane tank installation and subsequent deliveries. But combined with all the other convenient services we offer it shows that we care about our customers and are committed to delivering great and reliable service.
Find out more about all the great services Admiral Propane has to offer by contacting us today! We’ll help you get started.