If you've been frustrated at the rising cost of gasoline, you've probably wished there was a less expensive way to pay for your fuel.
A Hooversville man is acting on that mentality and is starting to convert gasoline engines to propane. Jeffrey Shaffer, manager of Shaffer's Bottled Gas in Hooversville, said the family-owned-and-operated business is ready to take on customers.
"We think that (converting) offers a lot of advantages. It's cheaper, cleaner and we see it as a way to lessen our dependence on gasoline and foreign oil," he said.
Propane vehicles - or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG's) as they're called in the industry - get approximately 90 percent of the mileage gasoline-powered vehicles do while remaining substantially cheaper, Shaffer said.
According to Propane Prices, an online compilation of current and past gas prices throughout the nation, residential propane is currently $2.87 per gallon in the state. The average wholesale propane price per gallon is $1.24 in Pennsylvania.
Nationally, there has been a recent flurry of announcements regarding municipalities, fleet operators and other companies like lawn-care specialists converting to propane power.
His plan makes sense. The cost to operate a vehicle decreases for the owner and at the same time decreases the growing demand for gasoline.
The country needs to diversify its fuel sources and this is one way to make that happen.
- Somerset Daily American