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Liquefied Petroleum Gas, otherwise known by its more common name LP gas, is an incredibly versatile fuel which can be used for just about any and all energy requirements. It is safe, affordable, and can be used quite easily in both homes and businesses, as well as big industries.
LP gas is an amazing resource if you are trying to save money when it comes to the energy costs, which are continuously on the increase. LP gas can be used in gas geysers and gas stoves as well as in certain air conditioning units, greatly lowering prices as a result.
Along with its amazing cost efficiency, LP gas is also an environmentally friendly option for those who are looking to live greener lifestyles while it is also a fantastic option for industries looking to make their operations cleaner.
LP gas is a mixture of propane, butane, isobutane, and three LP gases. This mixture is a liquid and is both highly flammable and prone to evaporation once exposed. The gas is considered a fossil fuel because it comes from oil as well as gas wells. To convert the gas into a form that is usable, the gas undergoes various other manufacturing processes before it is stored in what we know as gas bottles, which are cylindrical bottles, generally available in a variety of sizes.
LP gas can be bought in Pretoria, and most other major cities, small towns and villages. Because it is these days so widely used, it is widely available in many different quantities and has become an expense that can be fit into most budgets.
A bottle of LP gas tends to have a really long lifespan. A single bottle, depending on what it will be used for and the size of the bottle, can last anything from a few months to a whole year. For this reason the use of gas in homes has become extremely popular. As an energy source, it is just as efficient and just as reliable as electricity and in some cases, especially in South Africa, gas is actually more reliable than electricity, since the use of gas is unaffected by loadshedding.
Gas cylinders are generally either a once-off buy or they are something that you will exchange each time you need to have the cylinder refilled. These cylinders are designed to effectively hold gas, which means no gas will be lost through leaks and as such there will also be no risks associated with gas escaping the bottle.
Gas cylinders are available in a wide range of sizes. Some are small and portable, ideal for small households or those who need gas when going camping or to just have as an emergency source of energy when other sources are not available. Other cylinders are much bigger and since they hold more gas, can be used for bigger homes or offices, where more energy is needed. These bottles are not portable but rather they are more permanent units.
It is important that you choose the gas cylinder size that is most suitable for your needs and, generally, when you buy your first bottle of gas, you will be given the bottle. This bottle can be refilled again and again, and is made to have a long lifespan, since it is made from highly durable materials. Gas cylinders can stand outside, in the wind and rain, without any issues.
Unlike petrol or diesel, LP gas does not have a shelf life. Gas does not degrade with time and it does not lose its quality in any way. Since it does not have an expiry date, gas can last forever and this is beneficial because it will allow you to store gas, should you be far away from a supplier, so you will never run out unexpectedly. You don’t, however, need to stock up on huge quantities of gas if you are only using a small amount every year. If you intend to have a small stock kept aside for emergencies or unexpected needs, it is better to make sure just how much you realistically need before you place a massive order
When storing or using a gas cylinder, it should always be kept upright. You should also never be tempted to roll your cylinder sideways when you want to move it around.
Your consumption of gas is going to depend on both the accessories being fuelled by gas and how often you will be moving the cylinder.
For camping trips or emergency use, you can get away with having a smaller unit, say a 3kg to 9kg cylinder. This size cylinder is also perfect for gas braais and lanterns, which you could have for use at home. This size is perfect not only because it is going to provide you with more than enough energy to keep you powered, but it will also be easier to move around.
For those who intend to use gas in the home, to keep a geyser, refrigerator and other home appliances powered, opting for a gas cylinder that is between 9kgs and 48kgs, is the better choice. Anything bigger than the 9kg cylinder will become a permanent, unmoveable fixture, due to its size and weight. When these cylinders are filled and installed, they should be left in place until they are empty and need to be refilled again.
LP gas in Pretoria can be refilled by Budget Gas. We offer gas refill in Pretoria and we can help you with an affordable refill service. While gas is exceptionally safe to use, you should never attempt to refill your cylinder yourself. Gas refills in Pretoria are best left to the experts at gas companies as an attempt to refill the cylinder yourself could result in a deadly accident.