Propane in restaurants and retail buildings
Propane is a smart energy choice that keeps your business and your building running at peak performance.
For owners of restaurants and retail facilities like banks and pharmacies, the bottom line is always top of mind. The cost of energy is a major component of their operating costs, and they can't risk any downtime or impact on their operations from an unreliable source of energy. Building and renovating with propane appliances can help the owners of those buildings slash their energy costs and deliver the key performance amenities that are vital to their business.
This underground tank case study highlights a propane-fueled business park.
Space heating and water heating are necessary costs for restaurant and store owners, and they make up a huge portion of an owner's operating expenses. According to the Department of Energy's Energy Star program, retail companies spend nearly $20 billion on energy each year, and a 10 percent decrease in energy costs has an impact on operating income equivalent to a 1.26 percent increase in sales for the average retail store. By choosing an energy-efficient tankless propane water heating system over standard electric water heaters, you can chop your building energy costs for a quick return on investment.
While propane is typically associated with a building's heating, several new and developing technologies work with your building's propane supply to provide comfortable air conditioning and cooling. One new product, for instance, turns your air-conditioning system into a water heating system, allowing you to pre-heat your hot water and save up to 50 percent on your water heating bills.
Propane-fueled standby generators provide insurance against power disruption to ensure your business won't have to endure an outage. A restaurant or store can't afford any downtime from a power outage. For businesses with refrigerated food or medications, an uninterrupted power supply is critical. While storms, unpredictable weather, and unreliable power grids create an uncertain supply of electricity, propane is a safe and dependable energy source that won't fail in a storm.
Propane metering provides a hassle-free way of providing propane service to your retail or restaurant tenants. Just as with electric or natural gas service, your propane company can install individual unit meters and bill tenants for the propane they use each month. Instead of owners needing to devise a way to divvy up the costs of unequal water use among the tenants, or simply attempting to recoup the cost with higher rent, meters provide a surefire way to bill the exact cost of utilities to the tenants that use them.
Placing your propane tank need not be a concern, even in complicated retrofit scenarios. Your propane company can help you determine a safe and aesthetically pleasing placement option for your tank, whether it's hidden behind the landscaping or located underground. A propane tank can be buried with minimal excavation costs, leaving only a small dome visible just inches above the ground. The propane company will help ensure the tank is accessible for easy servicing and refilling and minimal interruption for your business.