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Choose Propane AutoGas for Your Business in 2013

Propane offers cost savings, is environmentally friendly and is clean-burning fuel. It’s produced here in the United States and offers fleet managers an economical alternative to gasoline and other fuels. When you choose propane, you choose to reduce costs, lower emissions, and to use a fuel that is produced in the U.S. and creates American jobs.

What are the benefits to using propane autogas?

Here are just a few examples of the benefits to a fleet running on autogas:

  • Propane fleets operate at 5-30 percent less than gasoline fleets
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 19%, creates 20% less nitrogen oxide and up to 60% less carbon monoxide
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Domestic propane product reduces dependence on foreign oil
  • Virtually no particulate matter
  • Improved air quality

Where is propane autogas used?
Fleets: School districts, municipalities, shuttle operators, cab companies, commercial landscapers and other fleets use propane autogas.

Mowers: Commercial landscapers can also operate propane powered lawn equipment – from trimmers to lawn mowers. Propane mowers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 percent and offer an 80 percent reduction in carbon monoxide. Propane mowers can also operate on Ozone Action Days, common in southern states such as Florida and Texas. 

Vehicles: Vehicles like the Roush Ford F150 emit 18% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gasoline-powered model. The F-150 meets all National Highway Traffic Safety Association and National Fire Protection Association safety regulations and is eligible for sale in all 50 states.

Propane AutoGas Tax Credits

Another incentive to make the switch to propane – extended benefits through the Fiscal Cliff Deal on January 1, 2013. The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the President, contains several provisions that will affect the propane industry. First, there were some propane specific energy tax credits that had expired and have been extended through 2013. In addition these provisions were also made retroactive for taxable year 2012. These credits are:

  • Alternative Fuel Tax Credit(50 cents per gallon including propane used in forklifts)
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit(30% up to a maximum of $30,000)
  • Energy Efficient Existing Homes Tax Credit($150 for qualified propane furnace and $300 for qualified propane water heater)
  • Energy Efficient New Homes Tax Credit (Up to $2,000 to an eligible contractor who constructs a qualified energy efficient new home)

All the same rules apply to these credits as in the past. The only thing that has changed are the expiration dates. 
As always, we encourage anyone who plans to take advantage of any of the above tax provision to consult with their tax advisor or accountant.

More Information About Propane AutoGas
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