It isn’t just a school’s transportation fleet that can benefit from making the switch to propane. Propane can power numerous applications within a school or district to further reduce emissions and lower costs
Benefits to District Fleets
The easiest expansion of propane at a school district already using the fuel to power its school buses is to use propane across its entire fleet of vehicles. Refueling equipment is the same for all propane autogas vehicles, and maintenance technicians will have familiarity with propane engines and fuel systems, whether in a school bus or a maintenance vehicle.
Propane can also power mower fleets, and cut down on gasoline and diesel emissions released near students on ball fields or playgrounds. Twelve OEMs offer dedicated propane mower models so schools don’t have to change brands to switch to propane. And, refillable propane cylinders can be easily transported on trailers for use at multiple schools. Districts can also cut down on upfront equipment costs associated with transitioning a mower fleet to propane by using PERC’s Propane Mower Incentive Program to receive either $1,000 back on a new, dedicated propane mower, or $500 for a qualified conversion kit.
A better kitchen experience
The benefits of propane can be seen inside the school, as well. It’s already well-known that most professional chefs prefer cooking with gas over electric, and for schools that are off the natural gas line, propane can power a variety of large kitchen appliances, including grills and griddles, convection ovens, and burners. New, propane-powered Energy Star-certified equipment is also more efficient, and generally outpaces electric counterparts in terms of service life.
Keeping schools comfortable
People may be most familiar with using propane for water heating and space heating. New, high-efficiency furnaces, boilers, and water heaters can cut costs and emissions with enough flexibility to meet the needs of small or large facilities. Propane units can also be installed to work in tandem or as a backup to other fuels, such as heat pump systems or solar-powered water heaters. Propane generators can make sure that no matter the conditions outside a school, safety and education inside aren’t interrupted.
School transportation directors who want to learn more about the opportunities their districts have with propane can speak with their propane retailers about the efficiencies and cost reductions their district might see by adopting propane for more than buses.