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LPG: fuelling our farms

As one of the most energy-intensive sectors of the economy, farming businesses are always looking for more efficient practices to manage their increasing energy requirements without eroding their profit margins. Consequently, many are turning their attentions towards the most viable off-grid fuel sources to determine where savings can be made, both in pounds and energy efficiencies.

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is almost tailor-made for the farming sector, being ideally suited to a myriad of applications in off-grid locations:

-      heating poultry sheds, nurseries, greenhouses

-      heating hot water to eradicate contaminants in milking processing

-      powering irrigation pumps, grinding mills and other farming equipment

Its ability to serve so many applications probably explains why agriculture is one of the most established sectors for LPG usage and suppliers across the industry are reporting an increase in demand. Word appears to be spreading among an increasingly effective group of advocates who are helping to promote three key benefits of this highly flexible fuel for the farming sector:

-      Instant - LPG systems provide instant hot water, eliminating hot water storage costs allowing farmers to only pay for what they use.

-      Cost-effective - in many farming applications, LPG works out better value for money as a high proportion of its energy content is converted into heat - making it up to five times more efficient than traditional fuels. 

-      Clean - LPG produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than any other fossil fuel when measured on a total fuel cycle.*

-      Compliant - The Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive, which aims to reduce carbon emissions, has made gas the preferred long term solution to oil.

To find out more about how LPG can help to reduce costs and emissions within your business, visit the case studies on our website. 

Rob Shuttleworth, UKLPG Chief Executive

*Source: WLPGA