Government Offers Incentives for Propane Users

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- Many lawn mower owners are switching from gasoline powered motors to propane. The government is also providing incentives for the transition.

"One of the advantages to burning propane versus gasoline is that it is cleaner for our environment. It also allows for less oil changes, because it is cleaner in the engine as well. It allows for an extended motor life and operators can leave fuel inside mowers for a longer period of time," said Megan Bailey, Warren County Extension Agent of Horticulture.

While this sounds like a great idea, many people already have purchased a gas powered lawn mower.

"There are obviously lawn mowers out there that aren't ran on propane. The advantage of being able to convert them is you can bring your lawn mower to us and we can convert the lawn mower that you've had for two to three years. Now, all of a sudden, you can stop polluting the environment as much and make it more efficient as well as green," said Dustin Vance, The Vance Store owner.

Vance says his shop has converted several lawn mowers in the past two weeks.

"We have several customers who are going to save over thirty thousand dollars per year by running propane versus gasoline,” said Dustin Vance, The Vance Store owner.

"Over a three year period, it will pay for every mower I have," said Customer, The Vance Store.

Now propane costs typically exceed gasoline costs, but researchers say the benefit exists.

"During our summer months when people aren't using propane in their homes, propane is actually at a lower cost. So, we would be utilizing propane at a time when generally we haven't in the past. That is one way it is going to become more cost effective," said Megan Bailey, Warren County Extension Agent of Horticulture.

Government incentives also exist for propane users.

The United States Department of Energy's website, provides over 110 government incentives. Alternate Fuel Research, Development and Promotion allows for grants that can be provided for businesses participating in the research. Improved Energy Technology Loans are available for projects that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases. Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption is available when purchasing propane for engine use on a farm. We've provided a link to the U.S. Department of Energy's website, for more information.

According to researchers at the Warren County Cooperative Extension Office, propane only has 73% of the energy found in gasoline. Therefore, it could decrease engine horsepower.

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