Let ProGas Take Care of All Your Exchange Needs!
If you currently utilize—or are in the midst of adding—propane forklifts to your business operations fleet, you’ve made a smart choice! They offer many distinct benefits over alternative forklifts styles such as electric- or gasoline-powered models.
What’s better? ProGas is your one-stop shop when it comes to the propane cylinder exchange services for your forklifts. We’ll thoroughly review your business’s propane cylinder needs and create a customized delivery schedule and exchange service built perfectly for you—whether you need multiple exchanges a week, or just once a month. You can choose between flexible long- and short-term contracts. And don’t worry, you can adjust your exchange schedule to suit your needs over the course of your contract with us should it be needed.
Once we’ve established your schedules, ProGas’s commercial propane experts will come to your location and set up secure storage cases for your cylinders and make sure your employees are properly trained in the safe handling and usage of propane cylinders. All our cylinders are carefully inspected before being delivered so you know they’re safe to use.
The Advantages Propane Forklifts Offer
Power. Propane-powered forklifts, unlike electric ones, can run at 100% power if there’s propane in the cylinder. In comparison, as an electric forklift battery drains, it loses power, which renders it less effective as a propane forklift. Propane forklifts are also measured to be more capable of handling heavy loads and inclines than electric forklifts.
Cost-effectiveness. If your electric forklift requires recharging, it will be out of commission for at least eight hours—if not longer! Worse, charging stations take up room and necessitate a significant investment. Propane forklifts offer a faster swap-and-go option because refueling takes only minutes.
Safety. Both inside and outside, propane forklifts are safe to utilize if safety procedures are followed properly.
Versatility. Gasoline-powered forklifts are not allowed to be operated indoors, and electric forklifts are ineffective in wet conditions. That is why a propane forklift is the greatest choice for indoor or outdoor top performance!
Eco-friendliness. Propane forklifts produce dramatically fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline-powered forklifts. In the unlikely event of a propane leak, there is no environmental damage, unlike in the case of a gasoline leak.
Put the knowledge and experience of ProGas to work for your business. Contact us today to set up a propane forklift cylinder exchange for your Western Pennsylvania operation!
Get Some Insight Into What’s Going On in the Marketplace
Every time we open our wallet or checkbook lately, we seem to be spending more and more for what we’re getting—whether it’s groceries, electronics, gasoline, and countless other commodities. Unfortunately, that’s also true of propane. Propane prices are rising as we head into heating season here in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, propane prices are at their highest levels since 2014.
Right now, the costs of all kinds of energy are on the rise:
- The price of gasoline has risen by more than $1 per gallon in the last year.
- Natural gas prices have increased by over 150%.
- Heating oil prices are up by more than 57%.
- Because power generation is heavily reliant on natural gas-fueled power plants, electricity rates are increasing.
- The price of crude oil is more than $80 per barrel, a level we haven’t seen since 2014.
People sometimes misunderstand how negatively all this impacts us, as well. We don’t make more money when prices rise like this; we make less. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk or oranges rises. It’s not the local grocery that is profiting—that’s left to the Wall Street investors behind the scenes. Our customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. We need to tap into our lines of credit more. Our phones light up with questions. Simply put, the sooner energy prices drop, the happier we’ll be.
Rest assured however that ProGas is doing all we can to keep our propane pricing as low as possible for each and every one of our customers in our Western Pennsylvania, Northern Wester Virginia, and Eastern Ohio service territory.
What Determines Propane Pricing?
How much you pay for propane is determined by several complex, changing factors.
Propane is created from commodities that are bought and sold on the world market. Natural gas accounts for around 70% of propane production, with crude oil accounting for the rest. Propane prices can change suddenly because of unforeseen events, which is why they are as unpredictable as they are.
Some of the factors that influence propane prices can include:
Supply and Demand. Demand for a commodity can cause a wide range of fluctuations in the price. If the winter is harsh and lengthy, prices will rise. The increase in propane exports to satisfy global demand may have an impact on our national supply of propane. Propane prices also vary based on the season and production and inventory levels. That last one is another incentive to use us to fill your propane tank in the late spring and early summer months, otherwise known as the “shoulder seasons.”
Weather. Extreme temperatures and bad weather might have a detrimental influence on propane generation, causing a scarcity of propane, which raises prices.
Current Events. Propane prices are determined by a variety of factors both local and global. Oil spills, pipeline failures, ransomware assaults, natural disasters affecting fuel refining and distribution centers, international conflicts, and OPEC production levels are all examples of events that can influence your propane costs. The COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted the supply chain for numerous sectors in the United States, including propane.
Proximity of Supply. The cost of propane will nearly always be lower the nearer you are to a major distribution center.
Need in the Marketplace. In the winter, when people require propane for home heating, they frequently pay more for it. When propane-fueled vehicles and equipment are used in commercial settings more often, peak demand in the commercial sector occurs during the summer months.
If you’re struggling with your propane costs, don’t let worry or pride get you in over your head. Contact ProGas before you fall behind and we’ll do everything we can to help work out a solution. We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your loyalty. As we’ve done quite a few times in the past, we will get through these tough times by all working together.
We’ll Provide Everything Your Team Needs to Get the Job Done Right!
One of the direct benefits of working with ProGas for your welding supplies and equipment is that we’re a full-service shop for all things welding. You don’t have to go to multiple vendors and service providers—which is much more convenient and efficient for you!
You can find a full range of welding equipment at ProGas, including, but not limited to:
- Welding cable connectors
- Welding rods
- Oxyacetylene gas welding hoses
- Ground clamps
- Electrode holders
- Flux core welding wire
- Hand tools
- Tungsten electrodes
- …and so much more!
Our team of in-house welding equipment experts have the knowledge and experience to make sure you have the right equipment for your job at-hand.
Not only can you buy welding equipment from us, but we also provide a complete range of welding equipment maintenance and repair services, too! Our team of welding specialists provides expert service for TIG (tungsten inert gas) welders, metal inert gas (MIG) welders, engine-driven welders, shielded metal arc welders (SMAW), and plasma arc welders (PAW).
Our services extend to industrial gases you need for welding projects. We not only carry a wide range of industrial gases, but we also provide custom blending tailored to your specific project.
ProGas Helps You Put Welding Safety at the Forefront
Welding can be a dangerous job, with burns being the most frequent injury. In the welding industry, it is critical to follow best practices for safety. ProGas can assist you in ensuring that your welders are safe while on the job. We have a large selection of welding safety clothing and equipment available.
Welders require flame-resistant clothing because it is the foundation of workplace safety. You can get flame-resistant and fire-resistant clothes such as pants, shirts, welding jackets, coveralls, outerwear, hoodies, and sweatshirts right at ProGas. Our tough flame-resistant gloves safeguard your hands and wrists from burns, cuts, and scratches. You’ll be safe and comfortable wherever you are working with welding safety clothing and gear from ProGas.
We also uphold the highest safety standards with our industrial gases service. Every gas we sell has been produced to meet Compressed Gas Association (CGA) specifications.
You can count on ProGas for all your welding equipment and supply needs. Get in touch with us and we’ll get to work for you!
Discover All Ways Propane Makes Restaurants… Better!
The restaurant business is incredibly competitive and challenging. If you’re a local restaurant owner, you’re always looking for ways to make your business more efficient and cost-effective while still standing out from your competition.
Did you know that propane can help do exactly that?
With reliable bulk propane delivery customized to your needs, expert propane tank installation, cylinder exchange service, and responsive commercial propane service, ProGas can help your restaurant in the Greater Pittsburgh area grow and prosper.
You’ve put a lot of money into your restaurant’s kitchen, including well-trained chefs, high-quality equipment, and fresh ingredients. Propane allows you to make the most of all of it. Your chefs will be able to use precise and rapid temperature control to turn out outstanding meals—all while being far more environmentally friendly in comparison to using natural gas-powered appliances.
Not only is propane used for cooktops and ovens in restaurants, but it’s also used in a variety of other popular pieces of commercial kitchen equipment. It provides the BTUs required by your broiler to cook delicious steaks, as well as melt a cheese topping flawlessly. Propane can also power pizza ovens, steam tables, buffets, deep fryers, and other appliances.
You also get fast and energy-efficient water heating for your dishwashing.
When warmer weather is here, propane lets you expand your business outside with outdoor dining. Propane grills give you the chance to expand your menu. Propane-powered patio and deck heaters, fire pits, and hearths give warmth and comfort. Propane outdoor lighting creates an inviting atmosphere its warm glow and creates a wonderful ambiance that guests will want to return to.
With propane, your business can withstand trouble when the power is out. A standby generator that runs on propane will keep your food safely cold or frozen, thanks to the energy it provides for your refrigeration systems.
Propane has a long track record of safety. It’s one of the most tightly controlled fuels on the market, with a safety record to match. The propane industry has extremely stringent rules for installation, maintenance, and inspection of propane tanks.
ProGas has the knowledge and experience to make sure your propane usage is safe and effective for your commercial establishment.
ProGas is the propane company restaurants all over greater Pittsburgh trust with their propane delivery and service. Get in touch with us to find out what we can do for you!
Learn How Autogas Benefits Commercial Fleets—and the Environment!
Whether you are looking for a competitive edge in your business, or better management of fleet fueling in your municipality or school district, propane autogas services from ProGas are the solution!
Autogas provides clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel for cars, trucks, buses, vans, shuttles, and many more on-road vehicles.
What’s better? ProGas provides you with complete autogas services. It starts with connecting you with a trusted local company to convert your fleet to autogas, then working with you to set up an autogas filling station right at your property or commercial business location.
We’ll then create a customized, flexible autogas delivery plan so your fleet will always have the autogas it needs!
The Benefits of Propane Autogas
Managing the fueling of fleet vehicles like cars, buses, vans, shuttles, and trucks can be a full-time job in- and of-itself. Autogas helps make fleet fueling faster and more cost-effective.
Running your vehicle on autogas is simpler than gasoline or diesel. You won’t have to worry about spills or the time-consuming cleanup that would follow. Fuel theft is also virtually eliminated, saving you money in the long run. You’ll enjoy an easier, more streamlined procedure for managing your fleet fueling costs when you have an autogas dispensing station at your firm with reliable ProGas autogas delivery. You won’t have to deal with a litany of receipts, or the labor of issuing reimbursements.
In local municipalities, the reduced wear and tear of an autogas school bus lowers maintenance and repair expenditures. The money saved by using autogas can go towards teachers, extra-curricular activities, and academic support and enrichment programs.
You may even be eligible for state and federal incentives and tax breaks if you convert your fleet to autogas since autogas is an alternative fuel.
Autogas is Good for the Planet, too!
In addition to saving money on fuel costs, autogas also in protecting the environment by reducing air pollution.
Autogas releases 20% less carbon monoxide, 40% fewer nitrogen oxides, and 10% less carbon dioxide than diesel or gasoline. Autogas usage will significantly lower your fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions. Because autogas is also non-toxic, you and the environment won’t be harmed in the rare event of a leak. There will be no damage to the air, water, soil, or plant life.
ProGas is your one-stop-shop for all things propane Autogas! Get in touch with us and we’ll help you get the benefits of autogas for your business, municipality, or school district.
Local Programs Can Provide You Some Welcomed Assistance!
If you run into trouble covering your heating bills this season, do not hesitate to reach out to us. ProGas provides options, and we will do our best to work out a solution with you.
However, there are several local organizations that can help, too. Please check with your municipality to see what’s available for your residence.
Additionally, you may also qualify for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (LIHEAP), which helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000.
Remember: This is a grant and does NOT have to be repaid.
How Do I Apply for LIHEAP?
Request benefits online using COMPASS, the tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information. You can also download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to your local county assistance office. After your application is reviewed, you will receive written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines. You do not have to be on public assistance, nor need to have an unpaid heating bill. You can also either own or rent your home.
Households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program. Emergencies include:
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- The main or second heating source has been completely shut off
- The danger of being without fuel (less than a 15-day supply)
- The danger of having utility service terminated (you’ve received a notice that service will be shut off within 60 days)
For more information on LIHEAP, please contact your county assistance office.
Even More Protection from ProGas
ProGas can also help you manage your bills. We have designed a couple of payment programs to erase your worries about winter fuel bills. Each ProGas Advantage program offers our customers quality products and the finest, most complete service in the propane industry.
If you need more details about help paying your bill or about any of our ProGas Advantage programs, including our monthly budget program, please contact us today. We’ll be happy to help.
Make keeping up with your tank levels—easy!
Our customers love our Keep Full automatic propane delivery for its ease and convenience. When you’re a Keep Full customer, you don’t have to worry about going outside in bad weather—or any weather for that matter—to check your propane tank gauge levels. The job of contacting ProGas for a propane delivery is simply removed from your to-do list.
Your propane supply is delivered to your home based on your previous usage history, factored alongside the current weather conditions. We calculate these two items to accurately forecast when you’ll need your next propane delivery before you run low!
However, sometimes there are variables that can affect this calculation. Here’s where tank monitoring can lend a helpful hand:
What Makes Wireless Tank Monitoring a Smart Choice?
There are times where you want, or need, even more accuracy when it comes to getting your propane. This winter—which is forecast to be colder and snowier than normal here in Greater Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Ohio, is one of those times.
That’s why now is the time to enroll in our wireless propane tank monitoring with Tank Utility!
Your propane tank gauge levels are monitored continuously using WiFi and 4G LTE wireless technology. The Tank Utility monitor sends a continual signal with that information right to us here at ProGas so we can know exactly when you require a propane delivery. You won’t have to worry or put in any effort to get your propane!
You too can check the amount of propane in your tank at any time, from anywhere with the TankUtility app. You’ll know how much propane is in your tank 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from anywhere you have access to a cellular or WiFi signal!
A wireless tank monitor is a great investment to protect you against the hassle and expense that come with a propane runout. For instance, if you do run out of propane, you need to have an emergency propane delivery made to your home, which is an added expense. Then you need to pay for a service call to perform a pressure test on your propane tank and lines, then relight the pilots in all your propane appliances.
Don’t run that risk! For a low monthly cost, we’ll set up a tank monitor on your existing tank in as little as fifteen minutes. From there—you’re good to go this season, and well beyond!
Have peace of mind this winter and all year round with our wireless propane tank monitoring from Tank Utility. Contact us today to find out more and get setup for yourself!
ProGas helps keep your projects moving forward!
With the coming winter forecasted to be colder and snowier than average, working on construction projects here in the Western Pennsylvania region can becoming challenging.
However, fear not! ProGas is here to help. We have decades of experience working with construction and remodeling companies like yours to provide customized temporary heating solutions that keep your jobs moving—no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.
Why Temporary Heating Works for You
Temporary heating allows your staff to work in safety and comfort. However, that is only the first of many advantages. Projects and materials are also assisted. Here are some examples of how temporary heating can benefit your business and your projects:
- Paint and joint compound can dry and cure properly
- Stucco and plaster can set up without worry about damage from freezing and thawing
- Concrete and brick are protected from ice crystals forming that can weaken them
- Equipment can operate safely and properly
- Exposed plumbing is protected from freezing and bursting
- Concrete can cure properly
- Ground thaw units let digging work proceed
Flexibility makes temporary heating work. The temporary heating equipment follows the crew as project sites shift, or you work in different areas at a job site.
ProGas Puts Safety First!
Temporary heating equipment—when used correctly—is a safe and cost-effective way to keep jobsites and workers warm and projects on track. When it comes to best practices for temporary heating safety, ProGas will assist you. Here are some guidelines.
- Read and reread the operating instructions for your temporary heating equipment. Everyone who will be working near the equipment should read it.
- Check that your temporary heaters have a 100% safety shutoff valve.
- Before using any temporary heating equipment or propane cylinders, carefully inspect them to make sure parts and pieces look in order.
- Check and double-check that there is adequate ventilation in the area you are heating to avoid carbon monoxide buildup.
- OSHA regulations require a minimum of 1 to 3 feet of clear space around all temporary heaters. Make sure this regulation is followed!
- Never put combustible materials near temporary heaters.
- The heater must be used on a level surface, but never use it on hardwood floors.
Be ready for cold weather soon ahead. Contact us now to get an estimate on temporary heating equipment to keep your projects on deadline! Whatever the size of your project—from a small home renovation to a large commercial construction project like an office park—ProGas can provide temporary heating equipment such as portable heaters, including direct-fire and box style—fueled by both propane, or natural gas!
If your home is powered by propane, you should have this device installed!
Because of strict government rules, stringent industry standards, and the commitment of propane companies like ProGas to the safety of our clients, propane has an excellent safety record.
But you still need to know what to do if you detect propane gas. The odor is typically likened to that of “rotten eggs.” Propane is naturally odorless, so that distinct smell is added as an odorant in order for a leak to be more easily detected.
As a refresher, here’s what to do if you smell propane in your home:
- Put out cigarettes, cigars, candles, and any other potential sources of ignition. Don’t use any electrical appliances, including light switches or telephones.
- Get out IMMEDIATELY. Make certain that everyone has left the area or the home where you detected gas.
- Shut off the main gas supply valve from your propane tank (turn it clockwise) if you can get to it.
- Call 911 and ProGas as soon as you can after you’ve left the area where you smelled gas.
- Keep your distance until the authorities have finished their job and it is safe to return. All propane appliances require a trained professional service technician to relight the pilots. Wait for permission from first responders and the propane expert on-site before returning.
Propane Detectors are a Must-Have Piece of Equipment
There are times when you may not notice a propane leak. You might have a cold or allergies, or another medical condition that affects your sense of smell—you might be away for a period, or you may not be at a second residence that is propane-powered more than a handful of times a year.
Propane occasionally loses its odor due to water or rust inside the tank.
All these possibilities are why we strongly urge ProGas customers to install propane detectors in their home.
Propane gas detectors utilize sensors to measure the amount of propane gas in the immediate vicinity. If the level of gas reaches a dangerous level, the alarm is triggered. This helps prevent serious situations from turning any worse.
Propane gas detectors are inexpensive, and you can purchase them at home improvement stores or through online retailers such as Amazon. Install them near your propane appliances and outside each sleeping area. Propane is heavier than air, so propane detectors should be placed no higher than the pillows on your bed—or lower.
Many people believe that their carbon monoxide detectors will sound an alarm if there is a propane leak in the home. However, most carbon monoxide alarms are ineffective at detecting propane in your house. As a result, it is essential for you to invest in propane detectors!
Get safe and dependable propane delivery from ProGas this season—and all year long! Become a customer today and let us show you the difference we can make.
Stay comfortable—and save some money—on your energy costs!
With fall coming soon to Western Pennsylvania region, we’ll soon be feeling a nip in the air and changing out our shorts for sweaters.
Is your propane-powered home ready for the cold weather coming? Here are five things to do to make sure that you’ll be warm and comfy all winter long!
Enroll in Keep Full Automatic Delivery (if you haven’t already!)
Life can get busy. We fully understand that! However, if you forget to regularly check your propane tank gauge levels, you could face a precarious propane run-out that leaves your home without heat. Keep Full uses your propane usage history alongside the current weather patterns to accurately predict when you’ll need propane—helping us to schedule a delivery before you run low. You don’t even have to call us!
Sign Up for Wireless Propane Tank Monitoring
If you want the ultimate in ease, convenience, and peace of mind, our Tank Utility wireless propane tank monitoring is for you! Tank Utility uses wireless and cellular technology to track your propane supply 24/7. Once your propane tank reaches a set level, we are instantly alerted and deliver your propane as soon as possible. You can also track your propane usage with the included app on your smartphone or tablet!
Get Your Heating System Tuned-Up
A tune-up of your home’s heating system by a professional service technician ensures that your furnace or boiler is working at its peak efficiency and performance throughout the winter months—when it’s running at full capacity. When on-site, the service technician is also able to thoroughly examine your heating unit and make any required repairs before potential breakdown-causing issues occur.
Program Your Thermostat Properly
If you don’t own a programmable and/or smart thermostat, now is an ideal time to get one. They are reasonably priced and can be found at local home improvement stores and online through outlets such as Amazon. Programming your thermostat correctly can save you up to 10% on your heating costs! This is what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends:
- When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°.
- Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or away from home.
Do Some Work Around the House
If you use a furnace for forced-air heating, now is an excellent time to vacuum and clean the vents, ensuring that they work effectively and do not distribute dust and other allergies throughout your home. Also, make sure there are no obstructions such as curtains or furniture near the vents so air can circulate more freely. If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned in the last five years, schedule a cleaning today. Not only will clean ductwork help keep the air in your home cleaner and safer, but the ductwork cleaners will also be able to find and fix leaks in your ductwork to help further reduce your heating costs.
Before you turn on your heating system, make sure there’s plenty of space around it. There should be at least three feet of clear space around your boiler or furnace. Vacuum the outside of the furnace or boiler to remove dust and cobwebs.
Get rid of drafts around doors, windows, and exterior walls with some easy DIY work and caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam.
You can count on ProGas for reliable propane delivery all year long—and especially when the colder temperatures roll in! Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your local Pennsylvania home or business.