What is a Community Propane System?

Community propane systems provide a scalable and flexible energy solution for builders and developers, delivering propane gas heat for a community from a central tank, or multiple tanks. In addition to homes, which have individual gas meters, community systems can also power other amenities such as standby generators, pools, clubhouses, and gas lighting.

Not only can it make a community more marketable and help builders meet environmentally friendly energy and installation practices, homeowners will enjoy the benefit of a community system that allows them to preserve the aesthetics of their yard while not giving up the comfort, performance, and efficiency of gas appliances.


When development sites are located off the natural gas main, the developer often faces massive costs for the extension of gas mains to the site. In addition, the home builder’s product is vastly enhanced by the installation of gas applications inside the home — such as space heating, water heating, and kitchen and laundry appliances — as well as popular outdoor applications such as pool heaters, outdoor kitchens, and standy generators.

In a community propane distribution system, a central propane tank is installed above or below ground in a low visibility, common area on the edge of a development. Underground gas mains are then run to individual lots, and, as homes are built, meters are installed. Community systems are flexible enough to handle a few houses or a neighborhood with thousands of homes. The systems are essentially underground piped gas distribution networks that are designed to be virtually identical to natural gas systems. They can be installed almost anywhere in the United States.

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An Introduction to Community Propane Tank Systems

Centralized propane distribution systems provide a flexible, scalable energy solution for any size of neighborhood.

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If you’re wondering, “Where can I find a propane supplier near me?” then you’ve come to the right place. Propane is the energy for everyone, and your local propane supplier can help you assess your energy needs for your home or business. They can also answer any questions about what makes propane so affordable, reliable, and versatile. Enter your zip code to find suppliers near you.

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Where can I buy propane appliances?

Propane.com offers shopping guides for grills and patio heaters or contact your local propane supplier for suggestions nearby. Some propane suppliers offer appliance showrooms featuring everything from space and water heaters to kitchen appliances and fireplaces.

What do I do when my portable propane tank is empty?

When the propane tank you use for grilling or other outdoor appliances is empty, drop it off and purchase a full tank at one of thousands of tank exchanges nationwide. You’ll find them everywhere from hardware and rental stores to grocers, convenience stores, and gas stations. In addition, there are many propane cylinder refilling locations available across the country. Contact your local propane supplier for more information on refilling or exchanging cylinders.

Where can I find someone to service my propane appliances?

Your local propane supplier is an excellent source of information for things like propane appliance servicing and repairs. Contact them with your questions about servicing, repairing, or replacing propane appliances.