Propane’s versatility, clean burning, and energy efficiency make it an ideal energy source for a wide range of businesses here in the Upper Great Lakes.
Lakes Gas provides dependable commercial propane services to make sure your business can take advantage of everything propane has to offer. We offer a variety of services such as bulk propane delivery that is customized to your needs, forklift propane cylinder exchange services, propane autogas services, construction propane services, and agricultural propane services.
Here are just some of the ways businesses use propane for efficiency, security, and cost-effectiveness.
Even when the temperature drops, construction companies need to find ways to power through. Propane can assist with this by supplying space heaters for indoors and thawing frozen equipment for outdoors, so that paving and concrete work can still continue. Furthermore, propane generators help charge batteries for other machines, always keeping them prepared to be used.
Many benefits come along with propane-powered forklifts as compared to electric or gasoline models. For example, you can simply swap out an empty cylinder for a full one and it’s good to go again. With electric battery recharging (which always takes a minimum eight hours), there is significant downtime, and with gasoline-powered forklifts, there’s always the risk of messy fuel spillage. On the other hand, propane-fueled forklifts don’t have these issues. They can be used both indoors and outdoors; plus, they’re environmentally friendly.
The agriculture in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota includes dairy, meat, grain, produce, and more. And propane helps those farmers in many ways.
Not only is propane budget-friendly, but it also heats barns, greenhouses, and other outbuildings while providing power for standby generators for homes and outbuildings. Using propane to dry crops is more cost-effective than any other method—plus, yields are higher. Propane-based weed control is an eco-friendly solution to the soil contamination caused by herbicides. Plus, you can get right back to work in your field!
Many businesses spend a significant amount of money and energy on fueling their fleets. Our propane autogas services make fleet fueling more streamlined because the fuel is on-site at your business, and you don’t have to deal with as much records-keeping, making managing your fleet’s fueling more efficient. Additionally, autogas is less expensive than gasoline or diesel, emissions are cut down dramatically, and there is almost no risk of fuel theft.
Propane is a great energy source for hospitality businesses such as hotels, inns, vacation home rentals, restaurants, supper clubs, caterers, resorts, event centers and banquet halls.
Many commercial kitchen appliances, including cooktops and ovens, can be powered by propane. This is useful in areas where natural gas lines are not available. Propane-powered appliances also include broilers, water heaters, warming trays, and grills.
Not only can propane be used for cooking at hotels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts, but it is also the perfect fuel source for high-efficiency heating systems, water heaters, and commercial dryers. Not only do propane-powered dryers get laundry done 25% faster than electric ones, but they also reduce wear and tear on clothing as well as wrinkles. This makes housekeeping work more efficiently overall.
Get reliable commercial propane services from Lake Gas! Contact us to schedule a consultation.
Lakes Gas is your one-stop shop when it comes to propane tanks!
We carry a wide range of propane tank sizes and offer expert propane tank installation and worry-free propane tank leasing.
You also get dependable propane delivery. You can choose our convenient, hassle-free Automatic Delivery. And, for the ultimate peace of mind, we offer wireless propane tank monitoring.
We’ve been in business for more than 60 years, and over that time, we’ve developed a personal, responsive service for our customers that extends to our propane tank services. We’ll choose the right propane tank for your home to fit your needs.
Simply because you and a friend have comparable homes, doesn’t mean that you will both need the same size propane tank. There are several factors that play into deciding the right sized propane tank for your home which include but are not limited to: how often you use propane, how many appliances in your home use propane, etc.
Lakes Gas carries these propane tank sizes. The information gives you an idea of the propane tank size you may need for your home.
120-gallon tanks. This size propane tank is ideal for use with one or two small appliances like a range or fireplace. These tanks are vertical, which many customers appreciate because they are less conspicuous in their yards.
250-gallon tank. Do you use propane for two or three appliances around your home, like a water heater, range, or space heater? This size will meet those needs. However, it is not a large enough tank if you heat your home with propane.
500-gallon tanks. If you use propane for home heating, this is the size tank you’ll need. Even if you don’t heat with propane but have three or more propane appliances such as a water heater, stove, fireplace or clothes dryer, you’ll need a tank this size. This is the size tank you’ll need for a propane whole-house backup generator. It can hold enough propane to provide your home with power for about one week. These are horizontal tanks, which means they’re shorter and wider so that they can be easily hidden with lattices, trellis or plants.
1,000-gallon tanks. Big tanks like this are most commonly found in commercial and industrial settings. But it you have a large home and use propane for high-BTU appliances, such as heating, pool and spa heating, cooking, or even just fireplaces, then this size tank may be required.
Although you may appreciate the freedom that having your own propane tank entails, keep in mind that it also includes certain financial responsibilities. In addition to buying the tank and paying for installation, you are responsible for all future maintenance and repair costs. If you don’t properly care for your propane tank, you may not be able to get deliveries if your propane supplier deems your tank unsafe.
When you sign up for affordable propane tank leasing with Lakes Gas, you don’t have to worry about the hassle or expense! We take care of everything by installing your tank with a high-pressure regulator and mounting blocks. Relax knowing that we will take care of all the maintaining and repairs for your propane tank. We want you to have peace of mind about your tank’s safe operation.
Enjoy the comfort and convenience of propane tank installation and leasing with Lakes Gas! Get in touch with us today to get started.
Many Upper Midwest businesses have begun using propane-powered forklifts in recent years because they offer advantages that other types of forklifts don’t.
At Lakes Gas, we go above and beyond to ensure that your business or farm is getting the most out of your propane forklifts. Our locally based company offers responsive, personalized forklift propane service.
The commercial propane experts at your local Lakes Gas office will assess your business and discuss how propane forklifts are used. With that information, we’ll formulate a personalized cylinder exchange plan for you and provide thorough safety training in the safe handling of propane cylinders.
Power. Propane forklifts outperform electric ones as they can carry heavier loads and work better on inclines, all while running on full power as long as there is propane in the cylinder. Electric forklifts, on the other hand, lose power as their batteries are drained.
Cost-effectiveness. An electric forklift might need up to eight hours to recharge, meaning that if the battery dies during a shift, your crew is now one forklift short. You’ll also need sufficient space and cash flow for electric forklift charging stations. Propane forklifts have the longest running times between refuels of any fuel. It only takes a few minutes to refuel a propane forklift: Simply exchange the empty forklift cylinder for a full one!
Safety. Propane forklifts are versatile enough to be used both indoors and out, as long as the necessary safety guidelines are followed.
Versatility. If you need a forklift that can be used both indoors and outdoors, propane is the way to go. Gasoline-powered forklifts are not permitted for indoor use, and electric forklifts are inefficient and ineffective in certain situations outdoors. But propane forklifts can do it all!
Environmental friendliness. Propane-powered forklifts not only produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-fueled forklifts, but if there is a propane leak, there is no environmental damage. Although electric forklifts don’t produce emissions, they aren’t as environmentally friendly as propane ones. The majority of the nation’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants, which creates a large carbon footprint.
The advantages propane forklifts have makes them ideal for a wide range of Upper Midwest businesses. Here are some of them.
Manufacturing. Propane forklifts are an essential part of our local manufacturing plants. They have many advantages over gasoline-powered and electric models, including the fact that they don’t produce harmful emissions. This means they can be used indoors as well as outside, and they’re more efficient than electric models since they don’t need to be sidelined for recharging.
Farms. Propane forklifts are a crucial asset to have on any farm! They can speedily and effectively transport bags of seeds, flats of plants, sod, bales of hay, and more around the property.
Warehouses and distribution centers. Because one-day shipping has become the norm, orders need to be moved quickly. Thanks to almost zero downtime for refueling, as well as indoor/outdoor use, propane forklifts are ideal.
Construction. Moving heavy materials like bags of concrete, pallets of flooring, and other items is made easier with propane forklifts. With their powerful engines and ability to navigate rough terrain, these forklifts can make your job much easier.
Contact your local Lakes Gas office to learn more about our forklift cylinder exchange services!
Most people are familiar with propane to some degree – especially if they enjoy outdoor grilling – but do you know what it actually is and how it’s made? Read on to learn more about what propane is and how this clean-burning natural fuel can help make your life easier and your space more comfortable.
Propane is an ideal fuel for many purposes, even beyond your water heater and heating your home with your furnace, boiler, space heater, or fireplace. A smart choice over other fuels, it’s also useful for stoves and grills, as well as for outdoor use, including lawnmowers, pool heating, and outside lighting. And the peace of mind is never far off when you have a propane-fueled generator.
This comes as a surprise to many people, but homes that are run on electricity are actually less energy efficient than those running on propane. And it is pretty straightforward – propane gives a big bang for your buck on your energy bills. Since propane naturally burns hotter, it feels warmer, and the energy produced creates a larger impact. Your utility bills will cost less with such an efficient fuel working for you, especially when paired with propane appliances.
Lakes Gas technicians are trained to keep you and your family safe – it’s our number one priority. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Propane has an excellent safety record, and we’re proud to be a part of that.
Businesses throughout the region choose propane delivery and propane services in order to best serve their customers. This cost-effective fuel is environmentally friendly and incredibly efficient, making it an ideal choice for a wide variety of commercial operations, including construction, forklift operations, temporary heating, autogas fleets, cylinder exchanges, and more.
From crop drying to coop heating and beyond, propane is the ideal fuel for modern farms and it’s used by about 320,000 farms in the U.S. today. You’ll see lower fuel costs with propane-powered irrigation engines, which deliver high horsepower and low emissions. And crop drying with propane offers such highly efficient performance that you’ll make the most of your profit potential while minimizing any crop loss.
Lakes Gas has an extensive background in delivering propane to homes, farms, and businesses throughout the Upper Midwest, especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Family-owned for over 60 years, Lakes Gas is among the largest propane providers in the Upper Midwest. But don’t let our size fool you: At each of our 48 locations, we operate with a small-town, local feel, with employees who live in the communities they serve. We make it a priority to pay personal attention to each and every one of our customers. Take your comfort up to the next level with propane.
For reliable propane delivery and equipment installation and service in the region, contact us to become a part of the Lakes Gas family today.
Are propane grills really better than natural gas grills? Well, it depends on your grilling priorities! Propane’s low carbon content makes it environmentally friendly and its high efficiency makes it cost-effective. Plus, the food just plain tastes better! If you currently grill using natural gas, read on to learn why making the transition to propane is a sensible option.
If you’re looking for a fuel option – for your grill or otherwise –that’s free of interruptions, has no pipeline issues, and won’t be easily affected by factors including accidents, weather, and deterioration, look to propane to:
Propane grilling can benefit businesses and residential customers alike. Lakes Gas partners with businesses so they can offer on-site propane cylinder refills. Here’s an overview of how we can help:
To become part of the Lakes Gas Cylinder Exchange and Refill Program for your Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin business, get in touch with us today.
Let Lakes Gas help you determine the right cylinder or tank for your household or business’s needs by connecting with one of our experts today. If you’re interested in becoming a Lakes Gas customer, we can help you get all set up so you can enjoy service that’s unmatched in the region.
These days, we’re all experiencing the painful effects of higher energy prices. Spurred by persistent supply issues, market speculation, and fuel disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine, all energy prices have surged this year.
However, households and businesses that use propane can take some comfort in the fact that their fuel prices have increased less than other energy sources — in fact, propane prices have actually remained stable in recent months.
When you choose propane, you’re choosing a fuel that offers a wide range of benefits. Read on to learn more about how propane can help your family or business save, and what sets this fuel apart from others, in terms of efficiency, stability, and affordability.
Propane is a U.S.-produced fuel. While it’s not totally insulated from market fluctuations, it’s more stable than other fuels, making it a safe and reliable choice. Propane is also a remarkably efficient fuel, both from an energy usage and cost standpoint.
When it comes to saving money on energy bills, propane gives a big bang for your buck. Since propane naturally burns hotter, it feels warmer, and the energy produced creates a larger energy output. Your energy bills will be lower with such an efficient fuel working for you, especially if you have propane-powered appliances.
Across the board, propane appliances are more efficient than their electric counterparts. With an average efficiency of more than 90%, propane heats up super quickly. Propane boilers and furnaces provide more efficient heat than electric heat pumps. And, if you have an electric water heater and are thinking about switching to propane, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fast the water heats up. That means less wasted energy and more savings for you.
Propane is among the safest fuels for heating and beyond, and at Lakes Gas, safety is our top priority.
Our Propane Safety page includes many helpful tips and suggestions for keeping your home as safe as possible. When you become a Lakes Gas customer, we’ll provide you with a Gas System Safety Inspection (GSSI) at the time we initially set your tank.
Most folks have seen in the media what happened with the electric grids in New York and California, and it makes sense to want to avoid a similar emergency. It’s a smart option if you need to be off the grid. If you’re in a geographical area where access to utility services can be spotty, propane is a smart, reliable option. Your tank is on your property, and supply issues across the community do not affect you since you have your own supply.
With propane, you’re in control – if you want to be. Or, you can ask the experts at Lakes Gas to keep an eye on your propane gauge and predict your usage patterns. You’ll never run out of propane with our automatic delivery program. Either way, you won’t be relying on the electrical infrastructure and utility companies for your fuel needs.
Explore how propane can benefit your family or business in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Feel free to reach out to us to learn more about how propane keeps you reliably and affordably comfortable. When you become a customer at Lakes Gas, you’ll enjoy service that’s unmatched in the region.
Automatic propane delivery doesn’t work like subscription grocery shipments or office supplies. If your propane delivery arrives before you need it, you can’t just store the excess propane on a shelf in the laundry room next to the toilet paper. And worse – if your propane delivery isn’t scheduled on time, you can’t just run next door and ask to borrow what you need.
That’s why it matters that you choose an automatic propane delivery service that is precise and is based on your actual propane usage in the upper Midwest. How can you get that type of accuracy? With a wireless tank monitor!
When you opt for automatic propane delivery, a wireless tank monitor makes it easy for us to know if your usage is up or down from your usual patterns. This tells us when you’re ready for your next propane delivery, and keeps you from ever having to worry about a run-out in your Minnesota or Wisconsin home.
Tank Utility wireless tank monitors can be installed on aboveground propane tanks or belowground propane tanks. They are ideal for most standard residential tanks. Here’s how it works:
There are many benefits to having a quality tank monitor on hand, including:
We know that customers are often concerned about a run-out, and that’s why we offer an easy way to get the peace of mind you need. Lakes Gas offers propane delivery without the worry and without the hassle, plus tank monitoring services that take the burden off your shoulders when you become a customer. Want to learn more about tank monitors or how Lakes Gas can help you figure out your household’s propane needs? Contact us today!
Who do your customers turn to for their propane needs? If it’s not your business, it could be! The process is simple, and we can help. As propane use increases at homes and businesses across Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lakes Gas has options for every propane cylinder need. We offer options for both retailers and residential customers alike. Read on to learn more about how we can make offering propane a reality that contributes to your success.
We realize your customers have diverse fuel needs. Choose the propane cylinder exchange option that works best for you!
It’s easy to offer your customers propane refills! Here’s how it works:
Lakes Gas partners with businesses so they can offer on-site propane cylinder refills. Here’s an overview of how we can help:
To become part of the Lakes Gas Cylinder Exchange and Refill Program for your Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin business, get in touch with us today. Have questions? Contact us to speak to our energy experts about the local codes for your area. If you’re interested in becoming a Lakes Gas customer, we can help you get all set up so you can enjoy service that’s unmatched in the region.
Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your business, Lakes Gas is ready to help with smart solutions.
Are you looking for the right fuel experts to meet your bulk propane needs and go above and beyond your expectations on the customer-service front? From construction to food services to transportation and beyond, Lakes Gas offers reliable bulk propane delivery throughout Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. Our goal is always to help you have the most efficient propane system possible, and we can make recommendations to keep your business on track for success!
We deliver the highest grade of HD5 propane and have tanks and cylinders to satisfy all of your propane requirements. Our commercial and industrial customers include the following types of businesses—and more:
Contact us today to become a bulk propane customer or to learn more about how tbulk propane from Lakes Gas can benefit your business. With 48 locations in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Lakes Gas can meet your commercial operation’s propane needs. We also work with organizations at the state and national levels to ensure our customers are aware of all the latest when it comes to equipment rebates.
With fuel prices soaring across the board lately, we are proud to remain priced like the local guys. When you go with Lakes Gas, you won’t see excessive fees or any of the other “extras” that make some of our larger competitors so expensive. Our local pricing keeps your bills under control—always. Even so, we recognize that many of our customers have special budget constraints during times like these. That’s why we offer budget and payment options to make things more manageable, with no surprises. Read on to learn more about what Lakes Gas can do for you.
Our Budget Program is one of our most popular plan options, and that’s just one reason you don’t want to miss out. Here’s how it works: The budget propane price is the current discounted retail market price at the time of delivery. It is subject to move up or down with the market. We put a cap-not-to-exceed price in effect for upside protection on the market, for no extra charge. That means even if prices skyrocket, your costs won’t!
Here’s how your budget plan is calculated:
To review the full details of any of our payment programs, please contact us to learn more about all that Lakes Gas can offer you. From families to forklift operators to farmers—and everybody in between—the level of propane service you’ll get from Lakes Gas makes us the right choice for your home, farm or business, and your budget, too.