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Propane tanks can be large or portable, and they can be installed aboveground or safely buried, virtually invisible to homeowners or business customers.

With propane, you're not at the mercy of a public utility. And with the option of aboveground or underground storage tanks, propane professionals can install properly sized propane storage for any home or building. To learn more about centralized propane distribution systems for an entire community, visit the community propane systems page.

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There are two main types of propane storage tanks. Tanks with a Department of Transportation certification are generally used aboveground and have a maximum capacity of 125 gallons. Commonly used horizontal tanks certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) are sized up to 1,000 gallons (water capacity) and, under normal conditions, can be filled with propane up to 80 percent of the rated water capacity. ASME tanks are available for underground or aboveground installation.

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On average, a 500-gallon tank can easily provide the energy for a four-bedroom home, while a tank with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more can fuel a larger home with additional energy demands such as a swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and patio lighting. A large, centrally located ASME tank can even provide propane to an entire development of homes.

Propane can also be used for any gas commercial building application that does not have easy access to natural gas, including new construction, interior construction for new tenants, major renovations, and building efficiency upgrades.

Your propane retailer can advise you on proper tank size and location and handle both the installation and the gas hookup to the house. From start to finish, you'll get the help you need to do the job right.

Underground tanks

Propane can fuel a home or building discreetly, almost invisibly, from an underground tank. A propane tank can be buried with minimal excavation costs, leaving only a small dome visible just inches above the ground. This dome allows for easy servicing and refilling, and it can be easily screened with shrubs or other plantings to blend seamlessly into a home or building's overall landscaping.

Remote tank monitoring

Propane providers generally schedule deliveries for residential customers using computer scheduling software, based upon each customer’s historical consumption and local weather conditions. But some homes and many commercial buildings use remote tank monitoring technology to ensure that the propane supply is reliable and uninterrupted. These smart monitoring devices allow propane companies to track their customers’ propane storage levels and usage patterns so they can schedule propane deliveries when needed — an especially important feature for customers with unpredictable demand, such as restaurants and swimming pools. Some of today’s advanced monitoring systems also integrate with other smart devices in the home or with building management systems to allow owners or facility managers to also track their propane usage.

Metering service

Propane metering is a hassle-free way of providing sub-metered propane service to multifamily or retail tenants, even if they draw from the same propane storage. Just as with electric or natural gas service, your propane company can install individual unit meters so tenants can be billed for the propane they use each month. With meters, you won’t have to devise a way to divvy up the costs of unequal use among the tenants, or simply attempt to recoup the cost with higher rent. Meters provide an accepted way to bill the exact cost of propane to the individual tenants who use it. 


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