Try a New Twist on Turkey with Propane Gas Service!

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What’s a Thanksgiving feast without a crispy, juicy turkey? This Thanksgiving, consider ditching your old turkey prep and opting for home propane instead. Your propane grill is a good choice for cooking a turkey because the heat can be controlled by shutting off one or more burners, keeping the turkey at a steady temperature via indirect heat. Similarly, using a propane-powered smoker or turkey fryer also deliver tasty alternatives. Channel your inner Top Chef and give one of these a try this Thanksgiving.  Continue reading “Try a New Twist on Turkey with Propane Gas Service!” »

Frequently Asked Questions about Propane Gas Service

Is propane safe to use in my home? What is propane gas made of? How can I recognize a leak in my home? Every day our home propane customers have questions about their equipment, propane tank, safety and delivery — and we’ve got the answers! Find the answers to commonly asked questions about propane below.  Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Propane Gas Service” »

October is National Energy Awareness Month

propane gas service, commercial propane, propane servicesEach year, the U.S. Department of Energy designates October as National Awareness Month. During this time, public agencies, utilities and other organizations shine light on the importance of conserving energy. From replacing our home’s old lighting to opting for ENERGY STAR appliances, a number of energy-efficient alternatives exist that increase your family’s comfort while saving energy and money.

At ThompsonGas, we’re 100% committed to promoting energy-efficient options today that lead to a cleaner, greener tomorrow. One of the best ways we promote energy efficiency is through our propane services. With National Energy Awareness Month in full swing, there’s never been a better time to learn about and consider switching to propane.  Continue reading “October is National Energy Awareness Month” »

ThompsonGas Launches New Website

The National Propane Service Providers Invite Visitors to Explore Their New Website and Upgraded Customer Access Features.

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Hagerstown, MD — Sept. 30, 2013 ThompsonGas, a commercial and residential propane provider servicing 10 states across the country, just announced the launch of a new website at www.thompsongas.com. The website features a new responsive web design with easier functioning navigation than the previous site. Designed and developed in collaboration with Maryland marketing firm Power Marketing, the new website maintains the same maturity of the ThompsonGas brand with a fresher look and feel.  Continue reading “ThompsonGas Launches New Website” »

Don’t Pay More for Gasoline — Switch to Commercial Propane for Vehicles

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According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gasoline has skyrocketed 45 cents in the last 31 days, marking the fastest increase since 2005. The same report says that retail gasoline prices have climbed for 33 consecutive days. With such historically high prices, there’s never been a better time to switch to commercial propane to power your fleet vehicles, buses, work trucks, forklifts, lawn equipment and more.

Propane services can meet the performance needs of high-mileage, high-runtime vehicles. Ranging from police cruisers to bus and truck fleets, a number of vehicles can benefit from versatile, reliable and cheap propane. Unlike gasoline, which AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesperson John Townsend says has reached the most expensive it’s ever been in the dead of winter, vehicle operators using propane service can earn alternative fuel tax credits of 50 cents per every gallon of propane sold. Continue reading “Don’t Pay More for Gasoline — Switch to Commercial Propane for Vehicles” »

Propane Services for Home Builders

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At last week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, stand-by generators, combined heat and power energy systems, and other propane energy sources were the hot-ticket topics on everyone’s tongues. Homebuilders are looking for that edge that will make their properties more attractive to buyers, and home propane certainly packs that punch. Propane gas services deliver the energy solutions that homeowners love, and homebuilders will reap the rewards by adding residential propane service to their sales arsenal.

For more than 65 years, ThompsonGas has partnered with builders to offer affordable propane prices and reputable propane services that attract potential homebuyers. We know what services builders and developers need from an energy provider. Now is the time to partner with us as your propane dealer for all of yourpropane home building needs. Continue reading “Propane Services for Home Builders” »

ThompsonGas Welcomes James Watson to the Team

Boonsboro, MD — January 21, 2013 — ThompsonGas, the 16th largest retail propane services company in the U.S., is excited to announce that James Watson of Woodstock, Ga. was hired as Vice President—Smokies Region. Watson has a proven history of success in retail propane marketing and operations management. Watson has experience with the integration of propane mergers and acquisitions, process design improvement and IT project management. In his new role, Watson is responsible for overseeing all propane gas service operations in the Smoky Mountain region, including P&L performance, growth, safety, customer service and employee development. Continue reading “ThompsonGas Welcomes James Watson to the Team” »

Propane Benefits from Fiscal Cliff Deal

On January 1, 2013 Congress completed action on legislation to avoid the consequences of sending the country over the so-called fiscal cliff. The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the president, contains several provisions that will affect the propane services 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:

• 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.

The other provision of interest to the propane services industry concerns the estate tax. The change to the estate tax provisions have now been made permanent. These changes include an exemption level of $5 million with a top tax rate of 40%. While a complete repeal of estate taxes was preferable, it was never a realistic expectation. The fact that these new thresholds have been made permanent is a step in the right direction.

To learn more, click here.

– The ThompsonGas Team

*Repurposed from NPGA

Propane in Search of a Bigger Market

The future for propane gas services looks bright indeed. Our propane gas suppliers came across this video from the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). Richard Roldan, the president of NPGA, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the industry with Platts Energy Week TV. Here are a few keynotes from Roldan’s propane services interview:

·      Propane production rose 9% from 2005-2011, and Roldan projects it to only continue increasing

·      More than 100% of propane produced in the U.S. is used in the U.S.

·      Propane is currently the 3rd largest fuel used on the road

·      Propane is one of the most portable fuels on the market

·      One of the best market opportunities for propane is commercial building

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — propane is the energy source of the future. It’s nontoxic, colorless and odorless. It’s good for the environment, used by millions of Americans daily and very convenient to use. It’s versatile — you can heat your home, grill your steak, power your car and more with it. Whether you’re a commercial or residential user, there are so many reasons converting from oil to propane is the best option for you. To learn even more, visit our website.

– The ThompsonGas Team