Dec. 17 2018 07:56 AM

Making the switch could from gasoline could help save fuel costs, according to the organization.

The Propane Education and Research Council, Washington, is reminding professional landscape contractors to prepare now for another cutting season with high gasoline prices. A fuel price forecast published in November 2018 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts gasoline prices will average more than $2.75 per gallon in 2019.

“No contractor likes to think about all the money their business has to expend just to purchase fuel, and we certainly hear more complaints from contractors when gasoline prices start to approach that $3.00 per gallon mark,” says Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development at PERC.

Wishart says that switching to propane-powered mowers costs between 30 and 50 percent less per gallon than gasoline, and that price margin widens when gasoline prices rise like they’re likely to do again next year.

In addition to a lower price per gallon of fuel, Wishart says that contractors can usually lock in a set fuel price with their local propane supplier, so they pay the same rate for fuel all year long.

PERC has resources available to inform and support contractors interested in switching to propane or learning more about propane-powered equipment. For more information, visit www.propane.com.