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It Should Be Known Why Investing in Propane is a Cleaner, Greener Choice

efficiency home fuel virginiaYou may know that there are a lot of benefits to using propane versus other, traditional fossil fuels. But did you know that most of those benefits are environmental? In addition to being versatile and efficient—and therefore more budget-friendly—propane is cleaner and greener than electricity in many ways.

Propane Is Cleaner

There’s a lot of hype about electricity having “zero emissions”, but the fact is, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gasses in the United States. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases. That’s because more than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.

Propane, on the other hand, is much more clean burning. It produces 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the equivalent amount of electricity. It also produces fewer of the chemicals that lead to acid rain and respiratory problems. And there’s an even “greener” type of propane that’s gaining in usage. Renewable propane is made from sustainable sources—most commonly animal fats and vegetable oils. Much like other biofuels, it has a very small carbon footprint and requires no new or special equipment.

Propane Is Greener

Unlike fuels like coal and oil, propane is not mined. That means is doesn’t contribute to deforestation or destruction of other natural resources. It is primarily manufactured from natural gas as a by-product of methane purification.

Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater—an important factor when it comes to determining whether a fuel is “green.” It’s nontoxic and will not create an environmental hazard if spilled. When propane vapor is released into the environment, it’s harmless.

Propane Is Efficient

What does efficiency have to do with the environment? Propane generates more BTU’s than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Likewise, propane appliances are very efficient, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process.

On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted. That kind of efficiency is as beneficial to the environment as it is to your bottom line.

Energy Choices Matter

We’re all in favor of combatting climate change. The problem is electricity isn’t as clean as it’s made out to be. Let the pros at Midway show you the ways that propane can help you power your home or business—contact us for more information today!

Split Your Fuel Bills into Easy, Monthly Payments!

fuel payments virginiaAs home-heating fuel prices continue to surge, your bills this winter may prove to pack a bit more of a wallop than the last few years. Consumers of natural gas, oil and propane are all facing the crunch of far more expensive fuel this season.

“Consumers got used to very low prices last year, because with the pandemic everything was shut down,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. “Now, everything’s coming back online, industry is returning, and natural gas is being used again in very large quantities. And that’s pushing up the price.”

As demand for natural gas has increased due to economies recovering from the pandemic, there’s less gas on the market. The wholesale price in the U.S. has reached its highest mark in seven years. In the U.S., winter heating bills could be steep. According to the NEADA, natural gas bills could be as much as 30% more, with the average cost to heat a home rising to $750, from $572 over the same months last winter.

Oil prices, too, have surged, to nearly $75 in the U.S. Like natural gas, a key reason is that producers saw a sharp decline in drilling during the pandemic. The cost to warm homes with heating oil or propane could surge 40%, according to NEADA. All are expected to rise as the winter progresses, as well.

All of this could cause hardships for customers who were already struggling. The need for assistance throughout the winter will likely grow for low- to moderate-income families—and that’s where the beauty of budget plans comes into play.

Eliminate Holiday-Time Bill Blues

Midway Gas in Southwest Virginia offers payment flexibility! This winter looks like an ideal season to take full advantage of our Budget Plan. How does it work? Instead of paying higher bills right around the holidays, your propane costs are spread out into even, level monthly payments. If you sign up, there’ll be no budget-busting surprises under the tree this year. Our plan allows you to arrange your winter spending accordingly. If you like easy and dread hefty bills, our Budget Plan is the one for you.

For more information about our Budget Plan and how to enroll, contact Midway Gas today!

Find Out How Your Local Southern Virginia Business Can Benefit From Propane Gas!

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Did you know that propane is the most recommended fuel for commercial businesses? It’s true! In fact, all local businesses in the New Valley Region of Virginia can benefit from the use of commercial propane energy—particularly those that consume large amounts of energy, including hotels, retail stores, vineyards, manufacturing facilities and more!

That’s because propane is one of the most cost-effective, efficient, and reliable sources of fuel on the market. It can be used for a wide range of appliances and can benefit your commercial business in several ways. So, whether you own an office building, factory, restaurant, bank or any other business, there are many reasons to consider using propane as your fuel of choice:

1. Promote Yourself as a Green Business by Using Propane Gas

Using gasoline, diesel, natural gas certainly doesn’t allow you to promote your business as one that values the environment. Propane, however, is named as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Aire Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy because of its clean-burning properties.

By opting for propane, you can improve your brand image by showing that your business values protecting the environment, resulting in your business being more appealing to an environmentally conscious consumer market.

2. Save Money on Operating Costs

Businesses are always looking for ways to reduce costs and expenses, so it only makes sense to go with propane—an inherently cheaper fuel option. If your business currently relies on gasoline, consider changing to propane to increase your company’s profit. You may also be eligible for incentives and tax breaks that aren’t applicable to other sources of energy!

3. Easy To Store

One of the biggest benefits of switching over to propane for your commercial business is the convenience that comes with storing propane. Propane is stored in tanks that can be located directly at your business or job site, making it convenient and easily accessible.

4. Excellent Safety Record

Thanks to strong government regulation and high industry standards, propane boasts an incredibly strong safety record. Additionally, propane-powered standby generators can keep your buildings, equipment, and inventory safe when the power goes out.

Some propane equipment is even safe for indoor use, including propane forklifts and temporary commercial heaters—something that can’t be said for gasoline-powered counterparts.

5. Versatility

If you aren’t yet convinced that propane is the right choice for your commercial business, the fact that propane can serve a litany of purposes surely will. Propane is excellent for water heating, construction site heating, building heating, cooking appliances, portable and standby generators, commercial dryers, and kilns, and so much more! Propane is the solution to many situations where you need power, therefore, it is the perfect choice for your business.

Whatever your business needs may be when it comes to propane, Midway Gas can meet them. Learn more about our available commercial propane services in Martinsville and the surrounding communities here in Southwest Virginia by visiting our website.

By choosing propane, a clean, green, and economical fuel option, your business will not only look better from the outside, but you will also notice the advantages as the business owner as well! Contact Midway today and let’s get started!

simplify bill payment virginiaWe’ve got a lot on our mind these days – even more than usual in our hectic lives – and with all that mental chatter, it’s easy to forget simple things like paying your propane bill or scheduling a propane delivery in southwest VA. And with social distancing limiting our trips to places like the bank and post office, we need easier ways to do…well, just about everything.

Fortunately, Midway Gas is here to help, with FREE services that should make at least one part of the next few months run a bit more smoothly!

Bill Payment Simplified

Here are three things you can do in the coming weeks to simplify your bill-paying and propane fuel management:

  1. Use our website to make secure online payments – Doing business with Midway has never been easier – just log in to check your account and pay your invoice (remember to have your account number ready!).
  2. Sign up for Autopay – With Autopay, you’ll never have to think about paying your bill – or paying late fees – again. We’ll set up your account either through your bank via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or with your credit card.
  3. Enroll in Midway’s Budget Plan  – With Midway’s Budget Plan, we’ll split your annual propane bill into 12 equal payments (with one adjustment bill if needed) so you’ll avoid big bills in the winter months (when you use 80 percent of your heating fuel). That means your bill will be the same every time, month after month – great for your budget planning and peace of mind! Best of all, there are no fees or finance charges for this service.

Take advantage of convenient, no-fee services from Midway Gas to make things go a little easier this summer and beyond. Contact us today to learn more!

propane appliance installation virginiaIf you use propane to power your boiler or furnace, you already know how efficient and clean-burning it is (if you don’t, contact us—we’ll tell you why it’s a smart move!). The question is why aren’t you using propane in other ways throughout your home?

We see it in our house calls all the time. A customer will have a propane furnace and an electric water heater—not realizing that switching to propane could save them 30 percent or more on their monthly bills—especially if they go tankless!

Propane Appliance Options

The benefits of propane as a power source for appliances aren’t limited to water heaters—or efficiency—either. Consider that:

  • A Propane Space Heater can supplement your central heating system, taming hard-to-heat rooms with efficient, effective, and even heating.
  • A Propane Fireplace or Log Set can operate at 80 percent efficiency or more—up to four times more efficiently than a wood-burning model (no need for kindling or ash sweeping, either).
  • A Propane Cooking Range gives you precision temperature that no electric cooktop can match. It’s a big reason why 95 percent of professional chefs choose gas ranges!
  • A Propane Clothes Dryer will dry faster and cause less wear and tear on your favorite clothes.
  • Propane Space and Patio Heaters deliver heat more effectively to a wider warming radius than even the most powerful electric space heaters can—and do it for less money, too.

The bottom line is that every propane appliance you add to your home helps you get better performance and more comfort for your hard-earned dollar. And best of all, all these appliances can be linked to a single propane storage tank. Talk about simplicity!

Thinking about adding propane appliances to your home? Let’s make a plan! Contact Midway Gas today to learn more and get a FREE, no obligation estimate.

propane delivery virginiaWith all we have on our plates these days, it’s easy to forget something like paying a fuel bill or scheduling a propane delivery.

Fortunately, Midway Gas has FREE services and programs that can help make things a little easier for you as you manage your fuel deliveries and fuel bills in the coming months—and maybe even save you a little money along the way!

Here are four no-fee services we offer that should lighten the load the rest of the year and into 2022.

  1. Our Budget Plan: Choose our Budget plan and make your bills more predictable in 2021/22. This plan spreads your fuel costs out over even, monthly payments using an estimated price per gallon. If your actual fuel costs are a little higher or lower than we estimated, we will adjust as needed in the Spring season.
  2. Online Payments: Doing business with Midway Gas has never been easier! Just hop online to make an easy, secure bill payment whether from a desktop computer or mobile device! Save a stamp and avoid late fees—it’s that easy!
  3. Autopay: With Autopay, you’ll never have to think about having to pay your bill manually—or paying late fees—again. We’ll set up your account either through your bank via your bank (EFT) or with your credit (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) card.
  4. Automatic Propane Delivery: When you sign up for automatic propane delivery, our automated system will estimate (with high accuracy) when you need a refill based on your past usage patterns and the current weather conditions. When your tank is nearing one-quarter full, you’ll be contacted directly to schedule a propane delivery. The service is FREE, and you’ll get priority fuel service over will call customers.

Take advantage of convenient services from Midway Gas that will make the rest of 2021 go a little easier. Contact us today to learn more!

descaling water heaterUnlike a conventional water heater, a propane tankless water heater doesn’t store hot water for your taps and appliances—it simply heats it instantly, on-demand!

You might think that this means that you don’t have to flush a tankless water heater the way you would a conventional water heater. However, the truth is you do.

Limescale builds up on the heat exchanger whether part of a tankless or conventional water heater. Even a thin layer of scale could diminish your efficiency by as much as 30 percent, essentially canceling out the gains you made by installing a tankless system.

The good news is that descaling your tankless water heater is a pretty easy task. Before you try it yourself, always read the instructions the manufacturer gave you first! While the procedure detailed below is fairly standard, there might be important differences based on your particular model. If you’re not comfortable tackling this procedure, don’t worry—we can take care of it for you. Just give us a call!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A tankless water heater flush pump
  • Rubber or washing machine hoses to attach to the valves
  • A water collecting bucket
  • Vinegar or a tankless water heater descaling solution
  • A channel lock wrench

Descaling a tankless water heater

  1. Before you begin, set your temperature to 150°F and let hot water run through the heater for about a minute.
  2. Shut off all the power to the water heater.
  3. Close the incoming and outgoing water isolation valves. If your unit doesn’t have isolation valves, then you can buy some and install them yourself.
  4. Have a bucket ready to collect water as it drains. There will be about a liter of water or so in the pipes of the tankless heater.
  5. Drain the unit and connect hoses to the drain ports of the isolation valves “A” and “B”.
  6. Dump this bucket or have another bucket ready to go with a solution to be pumped through the heater.
  7. Fill an empty bucket with a mix descaling solution and water. About a half a bucket of water will do the trick.
  8. Open the isolation valves A and B.
  9. Turn on the circulation pump. Let the solution circulate through the tankless water heater for at least 30 minutes, but an hour is better.
  10. Drain the descaling solution from the heater and flush fresh water through the heater by closing valve “B”.
  11. Open up valve “A” with a hose leading to an empty bucket.
  12. Open up the inlet water valve to let fresh water flow through the unit and empty into the empty bucket to get all of the solution out of the heat exchanger.

Your water heater needs more than a good flush to keep working well! Contact a pro a minimum of once every two years for a conventional water heater, and once a year for a tankless water heater, to keep it running at its safest and best. Contact Midway Gas today to learn more about propane tankless water heater installation and service in Southwest Virginia!

getting a propane tank virginiaIf you have recently purchased a propane-powered home or are planning to install new propane appliances or equipment in your southwest Virginia home or business, one of the more important questions you’ll have to answer is whether you should buy or lease/rent your propane tank.

Although there are some advantages to buying your own propane tank, leasing offers strong advantages in terms of maintenance costs and safe, hassle-free operation—a big reason why most people choose to lease their propane tank.

What’s The Difference Between Renting And Buying A Tank?

If you lease a propane tank, for example, your supplier will typically install and cover all expenses for maintaining the tank. If you buy your tank, on the other hand, you are responsible for all installation and maintenance tasks and costs associated with your tank, including repair, replacement, and parts. You are also responsible for getting professional periodic tank recertification in accordance with state and federal propane handling laws.

Now it is true that if you own your tank, you can control who supplies your propane gas.

In theory.

In practice, many propane suppliers will insist that you use their tank. On the plus side, you may get preferred rates or benefits from these suppliers that are not available to other customers.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, buying your own propane tank does give you certain freedoms, but it comes at the cost of having to keep your propane tank safe and up to code—something you’ll have to pay a propane professional to do anyway. For most people, leasing is the better option.

Still not sure whether to buy or lease your propane tank? Contact Midway Gas —we’ll help you make the right call on propane tank installation in Danville, Martinsville, Franklin County, Campbell County, Pittsylvania, Henry or Patrick Counties in Virginia!

home fuel options virginiaThere’s a lot of information out there about natural gas and propane—two high-efficiency gas-based home energy alternatives. Some of it is accurate, some of it not so accurate.

Marketing gurus usually paint natural gas as the clear winner in a showdown between the fuels, but the truth is that propane offers key advantages over natural gas that could tip the scale in its favor, depending on your circumstances and priorities.

4 Big Perks Of Propane

Here are four propane advantages to keep in mind if you’re comparing the two fuels for your new or expanded home:

  1. Propane Burns Hotter Than Natural Gas – Propane contains double the amount of usable energy content per cubic foot as natural gas—about 2,490 BTUs versus 1,030. That means more heat for your furnace, boiler, or space heater, and more power for your other gas-burning appliances.
  2. Propane Delivery is Safer — In liquid form, propane can be moved safely and easily by technicians bound by strict federal, state, and local laws. Natural gas, on the other hand, must be delivered via pipeline and not all pipelines are maintained with equal care. And if there are no natural gas pipelines near your home, you’re out of luck.
  3. You Have More Flexibility with Propane – In most cases, a propane line can connect to appliances in any part of your home, as long as there’s a tank nearby (while there are some requirements for distance from the home for a propane tank, they are not overly restrictive). The placement of natural gas appliances, on the other hand, depends on how they can connect to the pipeline.
  4. Burning Propane Produces Few GHGs – While both fuels are considered to be “clean burning,” natural gas is a fossil fuel that releases methane—a gas that is far more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

When it comes down to it, you will probably pay a little more for propane than you will for natural gas, but it could still be the right choice for you. If you’re trying to decide between these two options, give the propane experts at Midway Gas a call today to discuss propane installation and delivery options in Pittsylvania, Henry, and Patrick counties in Virginia!

running out of fuel virginiaWhen you’ve got a lot on your mind, it’s easy to let a little thing like checking your propane gas gauge slip through the cracks—until one day you wake up in the middle of February and have no heat.

Besides the inconvenience of a cold house or having no power for your propane appliances, running out of gas can have other costly consequences. For example, a lack of heat could cause your pipes to freeze, which can do thousands of dollars in damage to your home and belongings. And of course, if you run out of propane, you’ll need to pay for a pressure test to get your system restarted.

The bottom line is running out of propane is no fun, but if you do run out of fuel, don’t panic – we’ll get you through it with an emergency propane delivery. In the meantime, you should do the following:

  • Take immediate steps to retain the heat you have in your house: close curtains, block under-door drafts, hang blankets over doorways, etc.
  • If you have other indoor heating appliances such as fireplace, space heater, or electric heater, use them. NEVER use outdoor equipment (barbecues, outdoor stoves, etc.) indoors—carbon monoxide build up can be extremely dangerous or even deadly.
  • Contact us for an emergency propane delivery.

3 Ways to Prevent A Propane Run-Out

Of course, the best-case scenario is to avoid running out of gas in the first place. Here are three ways to prevent a no-fuel emergency in your Southwest Virginia home:

  1. Plan ahead — If you choose to remain a will call customer, monitor your own propane levels regularly – especially when temperatures dip. Order when your tank is no less than 25 percent full (sooner during a cold snap). Don’t wait until the last minute; instant deliveries are not always possible.
  2. Make watching your tank gauge part of your regular routine — When temperatures drop, you’ll probably use fuel more quickly than you realize. Build a visit to your tank into your normal day to day routine, especially as you near the one-quarter (25%) full mark.
  3. Switch to Automatic Delivery — With FREE Automatic Propane Delivery, our tracking system will know when you’re ready for a propane delivery based on your past usage and the current weather; no more gauge gazing or need to call for service.

If you run out of propane this winter, don’t panic. Contact Midway Gas. We’ll get your propane to you as soon as possible, with emergency service available 24/7/365. Contact us today to become a Midway Gas customer!