PR Log - Jan 18, 2012 - Locally-owned Tulsa lawn care company LawnAmerica has recently converted most of its spray engines to run on clean-burning propane. Owner Brad Johnson states, “We made the decision this summer to convert our small engines which power our spraying operations to run on propane rather than gasoline. It’s an investment, but we feel it will pay off in the long run with reduced fuel expenses, less maintenance costs and down time, and with incentives that are available.” “There is a lot of stuff out there that people and companies flaunt as being ‘green’, but this is very real,” states Johnson. “It’s a small deal in the larger scope of things, but we feel this is a real benefit with the cleaner air and less dependence upon foreign oil.”
Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 and 2005. Propane is produced domestically, with almost 90% of it coming from the United States. It’s manufactured from natural gas, which is abundant domestically, along with crude oil. Propane exhaust emits 60% to 70% less smog-producing hydrocarbons than gasoline, which is one of the main benefits of using it. And it costs about 40% less than gasoline, along with cleaner burning engines, leading to less maintenance costs.
This Tulsa lawn service company’s fleet of 27 working trucks spray weed-control products mainly in the spring and fall. The majority of the trucks have been converted as of this spring. Other equipment, such as aerators and ride-on spray units with gasoline engines will be converted later this year. “Our goal is to be almost 100% propane powered by this summer,” said Johnson. “We will also research purchasing a propane-powered truck later this year and test it.”
LawnAmerica is the first Tulsa lawn care company of its type to convert its spray trucks to propane. It is also the first in the state of Oklahoma, and one of the first nationwide. They purchase the propane from Synergy Gas in Tulsa, who delivers the tanks filled with propane weekly to replace the empty tanks. LawnAmerica does not know how long it may take for their investment to pay for itself through lower fuel and maintenance costs, but owner Brad Johnson feels it is the right thing to do. “I’m confident that in the long run this will save us money, but time will tell. I do know that we are doing our part, although it’s a small one, towards decreasing our dependence upon foreign oil and in helping to keep our air clean. That’s important to us also.”
Brad Johnson is owner of LawnAmerica, serving almost 10,000 customers in Tulsa and NE Oklahoma with their lawncare needs. For more information, contact Brad at 918-249-5296, or e-mail Brad@Lawnamerica.com - - -
LawnAmerica provides Tulsa weed control, fertilization, and many optional services to Tulsa and all surrounding cities including Owasso, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville, Jenks, and many others.
With LawnAmerica as your professional Tulsa lawn and turf care partner, you can be assured that your home will look great with a thick, green, more weed-free lawn. You’ll take pride in knowing that your lawn is cared for by Tulsa lawn care professionals! Enjoy the time you spend on your lawn with friends and family—don’t spend it working!