Texas school districts save on fuel costs with propane autogas

AUSTIN — Austin Independent School District (ISD) saves more than $45,000 annually by operating school buses, maintenance trucks and mowers on clean, domestically produced propane autogas. Using propane autogas not only decreases AISD’s fuel costs, but also reduces the amount of harmful emissions released into the air.

Austin ISD has 126 schools serving approximately 86,000 students. The Central Texas school district has been operating propane-powered vehicles for two years and propane-powered mowers for nine years. Austin ISD’s propane fleet contains six buses, 10 maintenance trucks and 15 mowers.

Propane autogas—the most widely used alternative fuel in the world—is ideal for mowers, school buses, and other vehicles. School bus fleets that switch to autogas save anywhere from 30 to 50 percent on fuel costs. Propane-powered buses produce less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, hydrocarbons and greenhouses gas emissions than traditionally-fueled buses—plus, propane-powered buses are exempt from idling laws and restrictions.

“Using propane autogas is a great way to help build greener communities and healthier budgets,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Propane’s proven safety record, environmental benefits, and low cost make it an ideal choice for school districts across the state.”

There are more than 2,000 propane-powered buses operating in more than 75 Texas school districts. Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more than 700 autogas fueling stations across the state. Many fleets choose to install their own on-site autogas fueling stations for an inexpensive cost.

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 small fees 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.