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Weighing the pros and cons of wood-burning vs. propane fires

fireplace installation pennsylvania As temperatures drop here in eastern Pennsylvania, outdoor cookouts are giving way to football watch parties and other cozy indoor activities. Nothing improves the atmosphere of a fall (or winter) gathering like a warm fire in the hearth.

Even so, many households leave their fireplaces unlit all through the cold season. Some people don’t want to go through the work of building a wood fire, and others aren’t sure about the process of installing a gas fireplace. At Koppy’s Propane, we have extensive experience installing and servicing gas fireplaces. Here’s our informed assessment concerning wood and gas fireplaces. With this information, you can decide which is right for you.

Which kind of fireplace is easier to use?

A hearth is no good to anyone if it sits unused and collecting dust. It’s crucial to find a fireplace option that’s easy to use. On this point, gas fireplaces have a clear advantage.

Wood fireplaces: ease of useGas fireplaces: ease of use
You need to bring in wood, stoke the fire yourself and keep it going with more logs.Propane fireplace inserts and gas logs turn on and off with the push of a button!
After the fire’s out, you need to clean up ashes and burnt logs. It’s quite a mess! 

Which kind of fireplace looks nicer?

Both wood and gas fireplaces have their charms. Deciding which option will create the best ambiance in your home depends upon your tastes:

Wood fireplaces: attractivenessGas fireplaces: attractiveness
There’s undeniable classic charm to a crackling wood fire.Gas fireplaces have a steady, reliable flame
 They are fantastically versatile, with many designs. Your fireplace can be single-sided, see-through, circular, or another configuration.

Which kind of fireplace is safer?

Both gas and wood-burning fireplaces require maintenance and attention, and each has its own safety concerns.

Wood fireplaces: safetyGas fireplaces: safety
You must ensure that embers and burning logs do not escape your hearth.Propane fireplaces provide a controlled flame that burns very cleanly.
Burning wood releases fine particulate matter and other toxins that can lower your indoor air quality.You’ll need to schedule occasional maintenance of your appliance and its venting.
You’ll need to clean your flue regularly to ensure clear venting. 

Which kind of fireplace is better for the environment?

There is sometimes a misconception that burning wood is better for the environment than burning natural gas or propane. This simply is not the case.

Wood fireplaces: eco-friendlinessGas fireplaces: eco-friendliness
The Environmental Protection Agency states that burning wood releases more pollution (including greenhouse gases) than natural gas or propane.Propane and natural gas are among the lowest carbon-emission fuels.
 Both fuels burn with excellent efficiency, but propane produces twice the heat energy per cubic foot of natural gas.
 Propane is also methane-free.

Do you still have questions about gas fireplaces? The friendly, experienced technicians at Koppy’s Propane can talk you through the costs and installation process for a high-quality gas fireplace. Contact us today for a no-fee consultation!

Deciding between two excellent propane delivery options

delivery options pennsylvaniaThese days, we have many ways to get essential items to our front door. When you can order groceries from the comfort of your couch or have a recurring diaper delivery each month, doesn’t it make sense to have your home’s propane delivered at your convenience?

As a full-service home comfort provider, Koppy’s Propane offers two propane delivery options — Will Call and Automatic Delivery. You can choose the delivery program that best fits your Pennsylvania home’s needs.

But which choice is best for your home?

What is Will Call propane delivery?

If you prefer to control your own delivery schedule, then Will Call service is probably for you. With Will Call, you are responsible for checking your propane tank levels and requesting a propane delivery when your tank is around 30 percent full. This option requires more work on the part of the customer, but some people like managing their own fuel deliveries.

What is Automatic Delivery?

At Koppy’s Propane, we know that you have a lot on your plate, and we want your fuel delivery to be as low-stress as possible. That’s why we offer a no-fee Automatic Delivery option — it’s by far the most popular delivery program we have.

Automatic Delivery is a set-it-and-forget-it option that takes all the work out of getting your propane. No more trudging outside in the rain to check your tank gauge. No more panic when you realize you need to request an emergency fill-up. In fact, you don’t have to remember to call us at all!

Here’s how we take the stress out of propane delivery. For Automatic Delivery customers, Koppy’s state-of-the-art system tracks your tank levels using your usage history and current weather. We are able to determine when you will need a propane delivery, and we’ll schedule one in advance.

You’ll have a priority place in line without lifting a finger. And you’ll never worry about running out of fuel again!

Which propane delivery option is better for your home?

The vast majority of our customers prefer the no-fee, no-stress Automatic Delivery option for their propane delivery. With that said, we understand that no fuel option is perfect for everyone.

Here’s a breakdown of which customers choose which delivery program:

Automatic Delivery is ideal for:Will Call is a good option for:
People who use propane for vital home systems like heating and hot water.Households that only use propane for a couple of non-essential appliances like fireplace inserts or a pool heater.
People who are busy and might not regularly check their tank gauges.People who want to schedule their own deliveries.
Owners of rental and vacation properties. 

We hope this gives you an idea of the different propane delivery options available to you.

We’re here to help you choose the right propane delivery for your needs. Now is a great time to reach out to us and become a Koppy’s Propane customer.

Propane autogas is cleaner, more affordable, and domestically produced

fleet fueling pennsylvanisPropane autogas has flown under the radar for a long time.

In Pennsylvania and across the United States, businesses, municipalities, and private drivers are looking for affordable, eco-friendly ways to fuel their vehicles. Both diesel and gasoline have proven to be large carbon emitters. They’re also highly vulnerable to price swings in the global oil market.

Electric vehicles may not produce greenhouse gas emissions but generating electricity does. In Pennsylvania, over half of our electricity is generated using natural gas, and one-tenth is generated by burning coal.

Luckily, there is a domestically-produced, eco-friendly alternative for fueling light to medium-duty fleets — propane autogas.

What’s so great about autogas?

To begin, propane is plentiful and economical. It’s a natural co-product of natural gas and oil extraction in the U.S. We actually export more propane than we use. So, while propane isn’t totally insulated from energy price surges, it’s generally more affordable.

Your fleet vehicles won’t require as much time for fueling with autogas since Koppy’s Propane can set up an onsite station for you.

Then there’s the environmental component. Propane autogas:

  • emits less smog-producing hydrocarbon than gasoline
  • produces about 20 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline
  • emits 10 percent less carbon dioxide than gasoline
  • emits 40 percent less nitrogen oxide than gasoline

This reduces your vehicle’s carbon intensity and reduces acid rain. Propane autogas also lowers emissions that worsen asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Koppy’s Propane is your go-to autogas provider

If you want to take advantage of the environmental and budgetary savings that autogas provides. Koppy’s Propane makes converting easy. Our fueling specialists will discuss what your fleet of vehicles needs and develop an onsite autogas plan.

Koppy’s fill stations work similarly to gas pumps. They’re no-spill and intuitive to use. And if your fleet uses both gasoline and autogas, we can set up a dual-fuel station!

Our commercial clients that pay for conversion upfront have found that they recoup their initial investment within 12 to 24 months with fuel savings. If they finance the conversion, the savings are immediate!

Ready to make the switch to propane autogas? Contact us today!

Home Comfort & Responsive Customer Service All Year Round!

propane service pennsylvaniaWe know that customers have many choices in home energy — and home energy providers. There are plenty of companies out there that lure in customers with “too-good-to-be-true” offers and cut-rate prices. But when things get tough — when a crush of calls comes in or customers worry about rising energy prices — these discounters tend to disappear.

Not Koppy’s Propane.

We’ve been delivering fuel at a fair price and keeping Pennsylvania customers comfortable and safe since 1944. We believe in providing exceptional products, responsive service, and integrity — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Top-quality propane when you need it!

We’ve been in this business a long time. It doesn’t matter if we’re delivering propane to families or businesses — we treat our customers like neighbors because that’s what you are. We show up when we say we will and deliver your propane safely and quickly.

Customers love our dependable automatic delivery option. With this service, our computer system tracks how much fuel your home or business will typically use based on history and weather conditions. Then, we will deliver propane when your tank is around 25 to 30 percent full — no stress, no runouts.

Comprehensive Installation and Repairs

When you partner with Koppy’s Propane, you enjoy the benefit of having a team of experienced, skilled technicians at your disposal. From installation to routine service and repairs, our techs work with a range of propane-fired appliances, including:

  • furnaces
  • fireplaces and gas logs – Empire Comfort Systems/White Mountain Hearth
  • cast-iron stoves and ranges
  • garage heaters
  • space heaters
  • water heaters — standard and tankless

Don’t Take Our Word for It!

Koppy’s Propane customers love telling people about the excellent service they get, which always makes our day. Here are a few outstanding reviews we’ve received this year alone:

“The guys who came to run a line of propane for our new gas range were not only friendly, but they explained everything to me and gave me all the necessary information I needed … Very professional and kind. 10/10 would recommend!” —Steph L.

“We experienced an outage of our electricity due to trees down. We called and got propane to run our generator thru the night. When we found out it would be another day until electric hopefully would be restored, Koppy’s stopped by again to top us off. Definitely would recommend to friends and family.” —Nicole M.

“Thank you, Koppy’s, for having such awesome employees! Very happy and satisfied!” —Doris F.

We want to be your trusted home comfort partner. Become a customer today!

We’re Working with Make-A-Wish to Brighten the Lives of Some Brave Kids

make a wish pennsylvaniaSummer is finally here, and we hope that all our valued customers are enjoying the warmer weather. Spending time with family and basking in the warm Pennsylvania afternoons make all of us realize how lucky we are.

With that in mind, we at Koppy’s Propane believe that giving back to the community is so important. That’s why we’re launching a new initiative to do just that.

Introducing Koppy’s Make-A-Wish Truck

Koppy’s Propane is proud to be contributing to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation with our Make-A-Wish Truck propane deliveries.

We are donating to the Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley chapter for every gallon of propane delivered by our Make-A-Wish truck. When you request fuel from this truck, you contribute to the mental and emotional well-being of children with critical illnesses.

Together, we’ll make dreams come true for these brave kids, their families, and their communities.

Wake-a-Wish Foundation’s Vital Work

The roots of the Make-A-Wish Foundation began in 1980 when a 7-year-old Phoenix boy named James Greicius was battling leukemia. He wished to become a police officer someday. The Arizona Department of Public Safety worked with people in his community to help him be an officer. James got a custom-made uniform. They swore him in and took him home on a ride in a police helicopter.

James’ wish was the first of hundreds of thousands of wishes to come. Make-A-Wish children have been firefighters, bobsledders, interior designers and figure skaters. They’ve met sports stars, superheroes, Presidents and unicorns.

In the 40-plus years that Make-A-Wish has existed, its work has proved crucial for sick children and those who care for them:

  • Fulfilling these wishes has given children more resilience to fight their conditions.
  • These experiences improve their mental and emotional outlook.
  • They provide treasured, formative experiences for the child and their family and friends.
  • This work unites communities toward positive goals.

At Koppy’s Propane, we want to do whatever we can to help this important, transformational work.

Please get in touch with us today to request delivery from the Make-A-Wish truck. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Schedule Deliveries, Request Service, Make A Payment — From Our App!

fuel app pennsylvaniaDid you know that Koppy’s Propane has a mobile app? It’s the quickest, most convenient way to manage your account, make payments, and request delivery and service.

You can handle all of your home comfort needs from your couch — right on your smartphone or tablet.

You can download it for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Request Service from Our Expert Team

At Koppy’s Propane, our friendly, professional technicians can install, repair and service a range of gas-powered systems and appliances. These include water heaters, stoves, and space heaters.

Our customers rely on these products to heat their homes and showers and cook their meals. So, we want to get to you fast when you need a repair. And the fastest way to request service for your propane-fired appliance is through Koppy’s Customer Portal, which you can easily access through our app.

Request Delivery

Pennsylvania is lovely — but not when extreme or inclement weather is rolling in. Whether we’re facing torrential spring rain, a sudden cold snap, or a blustery nor’easter, there are plenty of days you don’t want to venture out of your house.

When you need a delivery, you can request it through the app.

A Full Account History — At Your Fingertips

How many times have you rustled through a pile of paper statements to find the one you need to pay?
Let’s face it — it’s not easy to organize paper clutter in your home. With Koppy’s customer portal on your phone, we handle the organization for you.

You can view your current and past statements, manage your account and even process payments electronically with a couple of finger swipes.

Not a Koppy’s Propane customer yet? For over 70 years, we’ve kept homes and businesses in Pennsylvania safe and comfortable. Join our family of customers today!

Discover the benefits of propane!

why propane pennsylvaniaAre you planning to build a new house? Maybe you’re just updating your old one. Whatever it is, propane should be a part of it!

Propane is now more popular among homeowners in Eastern Pennsylvania. Why? Because propane has many advantages over other fuels, such as versatility, energy efficiency, and comfort.

Koppy’s Propane makes it easy for you to enjoy all those benefits in your home with our safe, reliable propane delivery, propane tank installation and leasing, and expert propane appliance installation and service.

Keep your home warm and comfortable with propane

When it comes to home heating and water heating, propane is way better than electricity no matter how much the all-electric advocates wish it wasn’t.

Propane is more efficient and lowers your home heating costs. It also heats more water faster, and for 30% less cost than electricity!
 
But that’s just the beginning of how propane is great for your home, both indoors and out.
 
Propane cooktops, ranges, and ovens provide unmatched fast, accurate temperature control that takes your culinary skills to the next level.

A propane clothes dryer speeds up the drying process by 25% and reduces wrinkles. Who doesn’t want to iron less?

Use propane space heaters to make your sunporch, garage, and shed more comfortable and useable all year.

Outside, you understand how wonderful a propane BBQ grill is. It’s quicker and easier than using charcoal, and you’ll get excellent results without any messy ashes to clean up afterwards.

But there’s more that propane can do outdoors. It can heat your pool or spa, offer warm gathering areas with propane fireplaces and firepits, allow you to enjoy your backyard longer with patio and deck heaters, create a wonderful ambiance with outdoor gas lighting, and keep bugs at bay with propane insect traps.

You can have everything you need regardless of where you reside since propane doesn’t require the installation of natural gas lines in your area. Even if you live in the country, you can enjoy having propane in your home. And because your propane is right at your home in your propane tank, you are never at the mercy of a natural gas utility’s sketchy infrastructure.

Become a Koppy’s Propane customer and get the most reliable propane delivery and equipment service in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Enjoy comfort and energy savings with Koppy’s

propane appliances pennsylvaniaIf you’ve already filed your taxes, enjoy getting that over with!

Have you been given a tax refund? This is an exciting chance to put your tax refund to good use. Upgrade your home’s propane appliances or add more!

Propane appliances are a fantastic investment. To begin with, you’ll have greater comfort. Second, more efficient energy usage will help you save money on your energy costs. Third, they may increase the value of your home.

Koppy’s makes setting up propane appliances in your house simple and stress-free since we handle it all. We sell, install, maintain, and repair a variety of propane appliances. With our dependable propane delivery, your new appliances will always have the propane they need!

Here are some ideas for improving your house with new propane gas appliances from Koppy’s.

Home heating

Propane heating systems have improved tremendously in recent years, being able to achieve efficiencies of 98%! Every dollar you spend on propane for heating your home is spent almost entirely on heating and only 2% is wasted through combustion. You’ll get a return on your investment in a new furnace from the day you turn it on.

Water heating

Water heating makes up approximately 20% of the energy consumed by your home. Upgrading to a more efficient propane water heater can save you a lot of money on your power bills. That’s especially true if you already have an electric water heater since propane water heaters use 30% less energy and last far longer. We sell propane tankless water heaters if you really want to reduce your water heating expenses. You get all the hot water you need whenever you need it without having to worry about continuously keeping a tank full of water warm.

Fireplaces, stoves, and hearth products

You can’t beat a gas fireplace, stove, or fireplace insert when it comes to warmth and simplicity. You can have a cozy at any time with the push of a button and without having to worry about the inefficiency, smoke, or hassle of a wood-burning fireplace. We also offer attractive, durable gas logs.

Cooking

There’s a reason professional chefs overwhelmingly prefer to cook with gas. It’s because it’s superior to electricity in so many ways. You get precise and instant temperature control no electric range can offer, making all your cooking better. Roasting is better in a propane oven because it’s an even, moister heat, so there’s less chance of roasts drying out.

Garage heating

If you use your garage for working on your car, as a workshop, or both, you can enjoy working there in year-round comfort with efficient garage heaters.

Space heating

Our propane space heaters are a simple and affordable way to provide heating to areas that don’t have ductwork or radiators, such as your sunporch. They’re also excellent for insulating under-heated spaces like additions to your home.

Koppy’s can help you make the most of your tax refund with our top-quality propane appliances. Get in touch with us to get started!

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our propane suppliers of over 40 cents per gallon already, and that might be out of date by the time you read this.

What’s Coming Next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.  

A Safe, Efficient and Eco-Friendly Home Heating Alternative

propane efficiency pennsylvaniaAcross the United States, more than 14 million families use propane gas to heat their homes and power their appliances.

Propane is a versatile, effective fuel. It keeps Pennsylvania families warm and comfortable. It also powers cooking ranges, clothes dryers, water heaters and outdoor firepits (to name a few modern conveniences).

But is propane good for the environment? There is a lot of debate these days about how best to combat the harmful effects of climate change. It can be challenging to know whether you are making the best energy decisions for the earth and your family.

Fortunately, if you heat your home with propane gas, you’ve chosen a genuinely green energy source. Propane is an integral part of any balanced energy strategy.

Propane is clean burning

Propane is 90% efficient. That means you lose a minimal amount of heat energy through your chimney into the atmosphere when you burn propane. And what does escape is much cleaner than with most other heating fuels.

Propane contains almost zero particulate matter, a known carcinogen. Also, it emits 50 percent less nitrogen oxide and 82 percent less sulfur oxide than other fuels.

Propane is efficient and affordable

For a homeowner, propane’s energy efficiency means their house has a smaller carbon footprint. It also means they spend less money on fuel. The average propane-fired furnace keeps a home 20°F warmer than an electric heat pump, and propane water heaters generally cost 30% to 60% less to operate than electric ones!

Propane is not dependent on the grid

Propane-powered homes do not rely as heavily on the electric grid. This makes their energy both more consistent and greener.

While electricity might not produce emissions in a home, the way electricity is produced is far from green. Today, 63% of electricity comes from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, which release massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

With propane heat, you have control over your energy supply. Your home stays warm and safe even when there’s a blackout!

Propane is extremely safe

You can also feel confident in the safety of your home’s propane supply. Propane is entirely non-toxic. It does not spill, pool or leave a residue. So, if your fuel tank has a leak, there won’t be any harm to the soil or water.

Propane has a bright (and GREEN) future!

Every day, scientists are getting closer to developing 100% renewable propane. This product is molecularly identical but made from animal oils, plant oils, biomass and other triglycerides. Renewable propane is carbon neutral, adding no new carbon to the atmosphere.

Koppy’s Propane is proud to deliver clean-burning, efficient propane to families throughout Central and Southeast Pennsylvania. If you want a reliable, professional home energy partner, become a customer today!