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Why businesses should consider the switch from Oil to Gas

Published: 22 October 2020 - Rachael Morling

When it comes to switching from oil to gas, there are several reasons why businesses should make the change. With minimal maintenance to increased efficiency just a few of the benefits, there’s a shift in behaviour that is seeing people shy away from traditional, carbon-heavy fossil fuels like oil, and switching to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).  

The reasons are plentiful and, with the help of Flogas, we’re going to take a closer to look at why people are ditching oil and opting for LPG and LNG solutions to fuel their business. 
 
Cleaner fuel
LPG is a lower-carbon alternative to oil with a 20 per cent lower carbon intensity. As it emits low sulphur oxides (SOx), LPG is also cleaner than oil when it comes to burning fuel. LPG combustion also emits almost no particulate matter and offers significant reductions in NOx and SOx emissions compared to other conventional fuels. 
 
Better efficiency
LPG is an energy-rich fuel source with a higher calorific value per unit than other commonly used fuels, including coal, natural gas, diesel, petrol, fuel oils and biomass-derived alcohols. This means that an LPG flame burns hotter, an advantage that can translate into higher efficiency.
 
Cost savings
Switching from oil to gas could mean potential cost savings, as well as supporting a cleaner environment and a greener future. Suppliers who’ve converted businesses from oil to gas have seen cost savings compared to oil. Cardon Park for example, a 196-room luxury hotel, saw a 21.8% saving in fuel costs in the first year of switching, while quarrying and aggregates manufacturer Pat Munro saw a 19% saving in the first year.
 
Reduced maintenance
Oil boilers can be costly to run and maintain. Get a supplier who can support you in replacing your existing equipment and are responsible for all ongoing tank maintenance. This means you can sit back and see the benefit of having minimal downtime to your business.
 
Government targets
The UK government’s target ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050, and initiatives like the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’, ‘Medium Plant Combustion Directive’ (MCPD) and ‘Climate Change Agreements’ (CCA) showcase how serious the UK Government is about taking the reduction of carbon emissions and improving air quality across the country. 
 
Switching from oil to gas can help off-grid companies hit their reduced emissions targets or at least  play a role in the government’s aims and targets – and in the case of the CCAs, qualify for a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax added to electricity and fuel bills. 
 
LPG: off-grid energy
The need for a cleaner energy supply is likely to increase, as the years go by, and the government continues to work towards reaching its net zero targets. Making the switch from oil to gas means businesses could benefit quicker than they thought – and at the same – help the environment and the country become greener. 
Only time will tell, but low carbon LPG and LNG could well become the ‘go-to’ fuel for businesses who operate off the gas grid. 
 


 
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