EarthWorks, a commercial landscaping company, is running its commercial lawn equipment on propane autogas, according to the Propane Council of Texas. The company said it has saved $41,600 in fuel costs. EarthWorks was also able to receive $15,000 in incentives for this program from state and national programs administered by the Propane Council that is specifically designed to encourage landscaping companies to convert their equipment to propane autogas.
"We have been thrilled with converting our lawn equipment fleet to propane autogas," said Chris Lee, president of EarthWorks. "The biggest benefit isn't even the more affordable fuel; it's that our maintenance and repair costs have decreased dramatically. Propane is so much cleaner and so much easier on our machines that I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself."
EarthWorks said its fleet includes 20 36-inch mowers from Toro and Scag and 24 52-inch mowers from Toro, Scag, and Exmark. The company’s Lee estimates the company is using 40,000 gallons of propane per year.
Other fleets that operate lawn equipment in the area that are using propane autogas include Benchmark Landscapes, City of Austin Parks Department, and Austin Independent School District, according to the ProCOT.