Grow your business when you offer propane cylinders

cylinder refill for business wisconsinWho 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.

Full range of propane cylinder exchange options

We realize your customers have diverse fuel needs. Choose the propane cylinder exchange option that works best for you!

  • Swap and Go Program for 20-lb. BBQ Cylinders: Commercial and residential customers can bring empty 20-lb. BBQ Cylinders to your business and swap them out for full cylinders there.
  • Commercial Cylinder Exchange Program for 33-lb. Forklift Cylinders and 100-lb. Construction Site Cylinders: All you have to do is remove your tank, bring it to a Lakes Gas location, and swap it for a full tank.

Propane refills: How it works

It’s easy to offer your customers propane refills! Here’s how it works:

  • Convenient. Customers come to your business with an empty cylinder
  • Safe. One of your trained and certified employees will refill it from your Lakes Gas on-site dispenser. ONLY trained and certified employees should attempt to refill their own propane tanks. Don’t worry – we can help train your personnel!
  • You’ll be in good company. You can find Lakes Gas propane dispensers at many gas stations and convenience stores located throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Propane dispensers: We’ve got your covered

Lakes Gas partners with businesses so they can offer on-site propane cylinder refills. Here’s an overview of how we can help:

  • Get your customers grillin’ and RVing. You’ll find frame-mounted tanks and pumps at convenience stores and gas stations. They’re ideal for filling grill tanks and tanks for recreational vehicles (RVs).
  • Train your employees. If you’d like to set up one at your place of business, Lakes Gas will train your personnel on best practices for filling D.O.T.- approved propane cylinders.
  • Ensure permits are in order. State and municipal authorities have strict regulations for dispensing propane. Lakes Gas will ensure that all appropriate and necessary permits are acquired and available to all parties involved.

Let us worry about the propane, so you can focus on your business!

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.

Many local businesses rely on commercial propane!

bulk propane minnesotaAre 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!

What businesses do we supply propane to?

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:

  • Commercial operations use the propane we supply for heating facilities such as warehouses, shops, drying, commercial kilns, restaurant ovens, precise stoves, hot water for offices, restaurants, boiler systems, and backup generators. The hot water supply is virtually endless with the help of a propane tankless water heater.
  • Hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes each use bulk propane for managing linens for large numbers of guests and patients at any given time. With the help of propane-fueled commercial clothes dryers, they can get their laundry turned around quickly and with fewer wrinkles.
  • Restaurants: Cooking with propane leads to better results than doing so with electricity, as propane ranges offer a level of temperature precision that is unmatched.
  • Construction sites and professional landscaping businesses in the upper Midwest put propane to excellent use every day. When it comes to tanks, cylinders, heaters, and propane delivery, Lakes Gas is here to keep your project on schedule and your team on task by ensuring that you have everything you need for your long-term and short-term construction and landscaping jobs.
  • Temporary heating services are ideal for work sites that need to stay warm to keep workers comfortable – like auto body shops – to enable joint compound and concrete to cure, to allow paint to dry, and more.
  • Forklift operations: Propane produces fewer engine deposits than gasoline or diesel, so you’ll have lower maintenance costs and longer-living engines. Propane forklifts have higher-octane ratings, along with higher horsepower – not to mention lower emissions and better energy efficiency.
  • Propane autogas helps police departments, emergency services, church and school bus fleets transport people in the most cost-effective, low-emissions way possible. We set up custom stations for emergency services, school districts, shuttle services, and more.
  • Home builders and apartment complexes: Propane heating and propane-fueled water heating systems are energy-efficient and ultimately more cost-efficient for your clients and customers. Plus, propane-fueled appliances like deck heaters, pool and spa heaters, and outdoor lights can put your property in hot demand.
  • Backup generators: Propane allows for an environmentally sustainable lifestyle that does not rely on the grid’s effectiveness. With a propane generator, there’s no need to worry about power outages.
  • Cylinder exchange and refill programs: For retailers working with residential customers as well as commercial customers, we offer a quick and convenient Swap-and-Go program. Whether you have a 20-pound BBQ cylinder, a 33-pound forklift cylinder, or a 100-pound cylinder from a construction site, all you have to do is remove it and bring it in swap with a full tank.

Rely on Lakes Gas for commercial propane delivery

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.

How does the propane budget program work?

budget plan enrollment wisconsinWith 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.

Budget program: 2022-2023 plans starting NOW!

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!

Our pricing process is upfront and simple

Here’s how your budget plan is calculated:

  • Say what? A discounted price! Your budget is calculated at 10 cents under cap price.
  • Easy, consistent payments. The budget is divided into 11 payment periods, due the 10th of each month, beginning in July, and designed to have a zero balance at the end of the agreement.
  • Get yours now! Budgets currently run from July 1 through May 30. New customers may enter the program mid-year.
  • Flexible and fair. If Lakes Gas reviews a budget account and determines the monthly payment is not enough or too much for the gas usage, the company will, at its discretion, adjust the budget amount accordingly. If a budget customer fails to make monthly payments, Lakes Gas reserves the right to terminate the budget plan.
  • Risk-free. Any remaining credits at the end of the year can be rolled over into next year’s agreement or refunded to the customer.

Lakes Gas has payment programs that work for your budget

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.

A Crucial Part of a Maintenance Check

propane safety inspection wisconsinPropane has a great safety record but, as with any type of fuel, it’s crucial to take all necessary precautions and keep the highest protection standard, without compromise. At Lakes Gas, there’s nothing more important to us than your safety. Read on to learn about our best safety practices and how you can save money by scheduling your gas system safety inspection before fall arrives.

Trained to keep you and your family safe

Propane safety is always our top priority. We demonstrate this priority with our commitment to on-time inspections and ongoing maintenance. That’s also why our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

Schedule an inspection now to get the best price

The most important way to ensure that your propane equipment is running efficiently and safely is to schedule a gas system safety inspection (GSSI). When you become a Lakes Gas customer, we’ll provide you with a GSSI at the time we initially set your tank. The inspection process will take between one to two hours, depending on your type of system. It includes:

  • Evaluate all your propane gas appliances through a visual and manual inspection;
  • Do a leak check and pressure test on your entire system;
  • Your technician will demonstrate how the valves and gauges on your tank work to ensure safe, efficient propane system operation;
  • Review best safety practices, including teaching you about the odor of propane and letting you know what actions to take in the event of a system leak or malfunction.

Schedule your GFSI by September 30, 2022 for just $69.99. That’s our best price of the year! Enjoy peace of mind and saving. Contact us today!

You can always count on Lakes Gas

When you become a customer at Lakes Gas, you’ll enjoy service that’s unmatched in the region. Family-owned for over 60 years, the Lakes Gas team is made up of people who are local to the many areas we serve. They have strong relationships with our customers and they WANT to help. Really, is there anything better? At each of our 48 locations, we operate with a small-town, local feel and make it a priority to pay personal attention to each and every one of our customers.

Propane safety tips and standards

propane safety minnesotaAt Lakes Gas, safety is our top priority – full stop. Our customers, employees, and the community at large deserve our very best, and that’s why we will always take the time to do safety training, inspections, and of course, answer all of your safety questions.

Propane is extremely safe and has an excellent safety track record in the Upper Midwest. On the rare occasion that something does go wrong with propane, it’s almost always because proper safety measures were not prioritized. At Lakes Gas, it’s the opposite – there’s nothing more important to us than your safety.

Our propane safety commitments

Safety guidelines for propane are clear and easy to follow, but we’re always here for you if there’s ever a question. To help you become familiar with our safety recommendations and best practices, we are committed to providing:

  • Thorough safety inspections: We provide you with a Gas System Safety Inspection (GSSI) at the time we initially set your tank. Your GSSI will take one to two hours. It includes a visual inspection of all your propane appliances, as well as a leak test and pressure test on your entire system.
  • Safe operating demonstrations: Your technician will demonstrate how the valves and gauges on your tank work to ensure safe, efficient propane system operation.
  • Clear safety instructions in case of emergency: Our experts will also provide safety information, including teaching you about the odor of propane and letting you know what actions to take in the event of a system leak or malfunction.

What to do if you smell propane?

Even with on-time inspections and ongoing maintenance, issues or concerns can occasionally arise. Below are a few helpful tips to ensure that you are always playing it safe when it comes to your home.

In its natural state, propane is odorless. But, propane manufacturers add a rotten-egg odorant so it’s easy to detect. If you smell propane, it’s important that you follow these five steps immediately:

  • Exit the home or building immediately and make sure anyone inside leaves as well.
  • Extinguish any open flames, cigarettes, or other possible sources of ignition.
  • If you can safely do so, turn off the gas shutoff valve on your tank or cylinder.
  • NEVER touch any electric switches or other devices like phones or thermostats while you are in the area.
  • AFTER you are safely out of harm’s way, call us, or local first responders, ASAP from a neighbor’s phone, or your mobile cell.
  • The smell might dissipate but do not return to try turn the safety valve back on until a technician or first responder gives the go-ahead.

Service interruption tips

Sometimes propane safety issues are not related to odor, but instead, reveal themselves when there is a service interruption.

  • If service is interrupted in your home: Close your tank’s service valve and turn off the valves on your appliances. One of our expert technicians will need to complete a code-required leak test and start up all of your propane appliances.
  • If you have propane in a second home: Be sure to install a low-temperature warning device and have a trusted point-person check on your property while it is unattended. Be sure to provide Lakes Gas with emergency contact numbers to check on your property, if necessary.

Other important reminders

Other safety steps you can take to protect yourself and your family include:

  • Maintain a working carbon monoxide detector in your home;
  • Never bring portable propane appliances or cylinders indoors;
  • Only allow certified experts to work on your gas line or install propane appliances;
  • Never allow your propane tank to run completely empty. You can avoid this by setting up automatic fuel delivery.

Lakes Gas experts are safety-trained and certified

When you become a customer at Lakes Gas, you’ll enjoy service – and safety – that’s unmatched in the region. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which provides educational videos regarding safe handling of propane appliances for cooking, home heating and more.

Do you have more questions about propane safety? Contact us today and someone from our dependable team will be happy to help!

Pre-Buy with a Locked-In Price

propane costs minnesotaWith so much going on in the world right now, a lot of things are unpredictable. We don’t want your propane costs to fall into that category – and we know you don’t want that, either. That’s why we offer some pricing and payment options that can help you protect your worthwhile investment in propane, and make sure you always know what to expect when it comes to propane costs. Read on to learn more about our Pre-Buy program and how it can help you stretch your fuel dollars.

How does Pre-Buy keep prices down?

When propane prices rise, you can save significantly if you’re all set up as a Pre-Buy customer. Lakes Gas has 48 fully-staffed locations in the Upper Midwest and typically, our Pre-Buy Program begins in July, so that’s when you’ll want to be on the lookout for details to sign up. At that time, we can recommend the number of gallons you will need for next heating season, based on your past usage, as well as anticipated weather and other factors.

Existing Pre-Buy customers

If you are familiar with Pre-Buy or have utilized it before, you know the best way to enroll is through your online account. This ensures you will get the best price! If you aren’t able to enroll online, and you did Pre-Buy last year, you will receive a new contract in the mail.

New Pre-Buy users

If you are new to the Pre-Buy program and want to enroll this year, contact us, and we will mail your contract. You may also be eligible to enroll online. Our energy experts are looking forward to speaking with you and are available to answer any questions you may have.

Pre-buy program FAQs

Q: Do any potential market price drops affect my pre-buy propane purchase?
A: Once you have already contracted for your propane, it’s not possible to give you a lower price, since we have already purchased the fuel for you. Our Pre-Buy program does, however, protect you from any cost increases due to heavier demand during the winter

Q: What if don’t end up using all of the fuel I pre-buy?
A: At the end of the season, any undelivered fuel can be credited to your account.

Q: What happens if I end up needing more fuel than I pre-bought?
A: Once your supply of pre-purchased fuel is used up, any additional fuel deliveries will be charged at the competitive market rate. While our goal is always to be as affordable as possible, this is one reason why it is so important to work with your energy expert to estimate just how much fuel you may need, relying on your past usage data, among other factors.

Q: Can I enroll in the Pre-Buy program online?
A: Yes, we recommend enrolling through our website! Our site is always evolving to become more user-friendly. In fact, recent technical improvements to the My Account section of our website incorporate customer feedback, so that your user experience meets and exceeds your expectations. Of course, you can also contact us directly and one of our energy experts will be happy to walk you through the process.

Our Pre-Buy program is just one way we work to keep your propane affordable for families and businesses like yours. You can purchase your entire supply of propane for the winter all at once and get a locked-in rate that protects you from any increases in propane prices. We’ll recommend the number of gallons you will need for the next heating season, so you can be prepared – no surprises. Contact us to learn about what else Lakes Gas can do for you or to become a customer.

Take your grilling this season to a whole new level!

propane grills minnesotaWhen you use your propane grill, you’re choosing a fuel that offers a range of benefits, across the board. Here are a just a few of the benefits of propane that you can enjoy this summer – whether you’re hosting a small barbecue, or a big soiree!

The perks of propane grilling

  • Propane is eco-friendly: Propane burns clean, and is natural and nontoxic. It doesn’t emit harmful greenhouse gases into the air, and it doesn’t harm animals or contaminate water or soil if released into the environment.
  • Propane is safe: Propane is among the safest fuels for heating, grilling and beyond. Lakes Gas technicians are trained to keep you and your family safe. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
  • Spend less time at the grill: Propane heats up super quickly with an average efficiency of more than 90%. And since propane burns hotter, your food’s cooked just the way you like it, without the wait – plus, you won’t have to get the charcoal grill up and going.
  • Easy cleanup: With propane, you just turn a dial or flick and switch, and you’re ready to wipe those grates clean and be done with your grill for now. Say goodbye to waiting around for a charcoal grill to cool down enough for you to be able to empty those ashes.
  • Versatility: Just because it CAN cook faster, doesn’t mean it must! Propane grilling is perfect for everything from quick searing to slow-cooking barbecue.
  • Precise temperature control: Propane offers the favorite feature folks love about gas stoves: precise control. You can instantly raise or lower the heat with a turn of the dial, and with the food still on the grill.
  • Propane-grilled cuisine is delicious: No more overpowering charcoal-infused meals dripping with everyone’s least-favorite BBQ flavoring – “Hint of Butane.” Propane-grilled cuisine is reliably yummy, each and every time you grill!

Propane refills & exchanges

Lakes Gas has options for every propane cylinder needed, for retailers and residential customers alike. With our Swap and Go program, commercial and residential customers can bring in empty 20-lb. BBQ Cylinders and swap them out for full cylinders.

Learn about how propane – and propane grilling – can benefit your family or business in Minnesota or Wisconsin by contacting us today. When you become a customer at Lakes Gas, you’ll enjoy service that’s unmatched in the region.

Choose What Works Best for You

propane payment wisconsinSo much in our world remains unpredictable. We don’t want our customers’ propane bill to be a part of that.

That’s why we encourage customers to take advantage of our most popular programs. These could be very helpful next heating season. Thousands of Lakes Gas customers find that these options make it easier to manage their propane expenses and add predictability to their lives.

Option 1: Prebuy with Locked-In Price

This past winter, our prebuy customers saved significantly when prices rose over the course of the year. This year, our Pre-Buy Program begins July 15.

  • We’ll recommend the number of gallons you will need for next heating season.
  • Enrollment begins in July. If you’ve done Pre-Buy before, the best way to enroll is through your online account; this ensures you will get the best price.
  • If you can’t/don’t want to enroll online, and you did prebuy last year, you will receive a new contract in the mail.
  • If you did not prebuy before and want to enroll this year, call your local branch and we will mail out your contract or you may be eligible to enroll online.

Option 2: Budget Program with FREE Price Cap

This program divides your estimated annual propane costs into 11 equal payment periods, due on the 10th of each month. The propane price represents the current discounted retail market price at the time of delivery.

Although your price is subject to move up or down with the market, we put a cap, or ceiling, on your price at no extra charge. Many of our customers on the Budget Program saved an average of $350 when propane prices rose last year but their price was capped at a lower price. Our Budget Program begins July 1.

  • The first monthly budget payment is due in July.
  • If you were on this program last year, you don’t have to do anything. You’re automatically renewed.
  • You can still enroll in our Budget program after July 1.
  • If you have a balance due, you will get a bill; if you have a credit, we will apply it to this year’s program.
  • If you want to enroll for the first time, call your local branch.
  • If you are a current Budget program customer, your statement will show the balance you owe (catch-up amount), if applicable.

We know our customers look to us to keep their home warm and safe, no matter what winter brings. Rest assured, when you put your confidence in us, we deliver.

To review the full details of any of our payment programs, please contact us. One of our expert sales representatives will be happy to assist you.

How to Use Your New Online Account

payment app wisconsinWe’ve worked hard to bring our customers some much-anticipated convenience with our new, vastly improved online customer account. It’s especially timely considering this is a period when we’re all dealing with a lot of inconveniences, from high energy prices to troubling inflation rates.

While we believe our customers will enjoy using all the features the portal has to offer, we’re especially excited about the following features:

  • Request a delivery (no need to call unless you want to)
  • Simple payment process–without any glitches
  • Easy to navigate, very user-friendly
  • Refer someone to us and they can instantly become a customer
  • Use your account from anywhere with our FREE App. Just find it in the App Store or the Google Play store.

What to do if you have an email address on file

If you already have an account, do this:

  1. Go to the My Account page.
  2. Enter the email address you have on file.
  3. Click register and follow instructions.

If you don’t have an email address on file and would like to use your online account, please contact us for instructions.

About Lakes Gas

With a history dating back to 1959, Lakes Gas meets customers’ propane needs from residential propane delivery, to propane tanks, to commercial and agricultural needs across the board.
Our team provides propane fuel to forklift operations and warehouses, and we serve industrial operations with both primary and secondary heating systems. In the agricultural sector, we support farms, grain storage, crop drying operations and more.

It is our pleasure to be the premier propane supplier in Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond. With that in mind, we are proud to say that our customers truly feel the Lakes Gas difference.

We’re a Part of the Community

Get to know all we do for—and with—the community, from home shows to fundraisers to celebrations for our retirees. And did you know we also have a cookbook? You can request it on our Community page and download a copy for free!

If you’re looking to start a career with Lakes Gas, please take a look at our employment page!

Interested in becoming a customer? Please go here.

There’s a propane location near you!

fuel delivery minnesotaYes, YOU! Lakes Gas has 48 fully-staffed locations in the Upper Midwest, and that means we’ve got you covered when it comes to propane delivery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and South Dakota. Read on to learn more about what Lakes Gas can do to make your life easier!

Commitment to local communities

Lakes Gas takes the value of community seriously, and we support the families and businesses around us in a variety of ways, including:

  • Partnering with firefighters and other first responders: Our teams meet with area Ambulance and Fire Departments to conduct safety training exercises and simulations. Investing in a local workforce: Our team is made up of people who are local to the many areas we serve. They have strong relationships with our customers and they WANT to help. Really, is there anything better?
  • Valuing our staff: Many employees make their careers with Lakes Gas, serving our customers for decades, and when the time comes to mark a milestone like retirement, we celebrate, too. That’s because our dedicated, honest employees are like family.
  • Building relationships that matter: Our energy experts stick with us because we treat them as we’d like to be treated. As a company, our goals include building lasting relationships with our customers and each other within a pleasant work atmosphere. That longevity translates to low turnover and highly experienced, committed, and knowledgeable service people at all of our locations.
  • Maintaining an uncompromising level of safety and always striving to deliver the highest quality propane. Lakes Gas technicians are trained to keep you and your family safe. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
  • Exceeding expectations: Our guaranteed professionalism, expert knowledge, and advice mean you’ll get the best service in the region. And you have our word that you’ll be able to get a real person on the phone. We will meet and exceed your expectations with friendly, prompt, and dependable service.

Enjoy all that Lakes Gas has to offer

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