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    Nursery/Landscape Expo spotlights clean propane autogas

    DALLAS — Lawn and landscape professionals are gathering at the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association’s 2013 Nursery/Landscape Expo at the Dallas Convention Center August 15-17 to discover new products, industry trends and clean technology, such as American-made propane autogas. The Propane Council of Texas will be on hand with its public awareness campaign, Fueling Texas, to educate participants about the benefits of operating both lawn equipment and fleet vehicles on autogas.

    “Propane autogas is clean, cost-effective and domestically produced,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Autogas is the ideal fuel for lawn and landscape professionals because, not only do propane-powered mowers produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional gasoline mowers, but contractors will also save big on fuel costs by switching to autogas. There is also no loss in performance when switching equipment to propane, so it’s a solid choice for businesses that rely on their mowers.”

    A recent case study from the Propane Council of Texas found that Austin-based Benchmark Landscapes saved 58 percent on fuel costs in 2012 filling up with propane autogas versus gasoline. Additionally, the company saved significantly on maintenance costs, since autogas is a cleaner-burning fuel. Another Texas landscaper, EarthWorks, Inc., from the Dallas area, has saved $41,600 on fuel costs annually with 44 propane mowers.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. However, since propane mowers have a closed loop, spill-free refueling system, lawn and landscape professionals can even operate clean propane mowers on Ozone Action or Air Quality Action Days without violating EPA regulations. In fact, EarthWorks was able to continue operating their mowers during 36 Ozone Action Days last year.

    Lawn and landscape professionals can also benefit from switching their fleet vehicles to run on propane autogas, which is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, powering more than 21 million vehicles globally. Autogas is a domestic clean fuel, with 98 percent of the U.S. supply made in America. For Texas fleets interested in fueling with propane autogas, Texas is home to more than 700 propane autogas marketers and the world’s largest propane storage.

    Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning, domestically produced propane autogas. The campaign features a series of statewide autogas presentations and road shows to provide fleet operators, drivers and community members a hands-on experience with clean autogas technology. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.

    About the Propane Council of Texas
    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. The program is funded with check-off funds from the propane industry and goes to fund several safety programs, as well as the commercialization of new propane technology. Visit www.procot.org for more information.

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    Austin landscaper cuts fuel costs by more than half with propane mowers

    AUSTIN — Benchmark Landscapes has cut its fuel costs by 58 percent operating 46 lawn mowers on clean propane autogas. A commercial landscape maintenance and design company serving Central Texas, Benchmark first switched to affordable, American made autogas five years ago and hasn’t looked back.

    “We have been very pleased with our decision to convert our fleet to propane autogas,” says Clayton Oldham, a Benchmark Landscapes Branch Manager. “Operating clean propane mowers has enabled us to stay on the forefront of our industry in Central Texas by doing our part to protect the environment—all while saving money.”

    Propane autogas is an ideal fuel for both lawn equipment and vehicle fleets because it’s cleaner and more cost effective than gasoline, without sacrificing performance or ease of use.  In 2012, Benchmark paid an average of $1.45 per gallon for propane versus $3.45 for gasoline. Benchmark Landscapes reported saving over $72,000 in the course of the year on fuel with propane. The landscaping fleet uses 36,000 gallons of propane annually, mowing for 38,640 hours over 18,480 acres per year. Benchmark has its own on-site propane autogas station for convenient refueling.

    The company also saves money on maintenance costs, since autogas is cleaner burning, and the mowers produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions. More than 17 million gallons of traditional fuel are spilled each year from refueling lawn equipment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); but, because propane mowers have a closed loop refueling system, propane fueling is spill-free.

    “Propane-powered mowers are so clean, Texas landscapers and maintenance crews are even allowed to operate their equipment on Ozone Action or Air Quality Action Days without being in violation of EPA regulations,” says Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “With our Fueling Texas campaign, we’re spreading the word about this clean, economical, and widely available fuel to help more lawn and landscape fleets save on fuel costs and contribute to clean air.”

    Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, and 98 percent of the U.S. autogas supply is made in America. The world’s largest propane storage is located in Texas, and there are more than 700 propane autogas marketers across the state, many of which offer on-site cylinder exchange programs.

    Benchmark Landscapes joins many other Texas lawn equipment fleets making the switch to propane autogas, including other landscapers, school districts, college campuses and city park departments. Benchmark serves the Austin and San Antonio area, covering landscaping needs from irrigation and maintenance to new construction, hardscapes, outdoor lighting and tree care for all sizes of commercial properties.

    About the Propane Council of Texas

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. The program is funded with check-off funds from the propane industry and goes to fund several safety programs, as well as the commercialization of new propane technology. Visit www.procot.org for more information.