Electric vs. Propane-Find the Savings

Trying to compare propane to electricity can be a cumbersome task but could potentially lead to significant savings for the average family.


3.79 litres of propane = 27 kWh (Kilowatt Hours) of electricity – This means that one gallon of propane contains the same amount of usable energy as 27 Kilowatt Hours. Or we can say that 27 kWh equals approximately 91,500 BTU. But what does that mean in “real life”?

Here is an example:

A 100 watt light bulb left on for a full day (24 hours) will consume 2.4 kWh. If propane were to power the same light bulb (hypothetically- remember, we’re comparing energy content) for 24 hours, it would use .34 litres of propane.

“But what appliances can run on propane and is it worth it for me to switch?”


Propane Furnace
Consistently supply air at 120°F. Electric heat pumps dispense 95°F air, which is less than body temperature (98.6°F), so the air feels cool, not warm.

  • Last an average of 20 years, while electric heat pumps last an average of 12 years.
  • Have lower repair costs than electric heat pumps

Propane Water Heaters

  • Cost less per month to operate than comparable electric units
  • Heat more than twice as much water in an hour as comparable electric models

Propane Fireplaces

  • Cost between 30% and 60% less per hour of operation than wood-burning fireplaces
  • Emit 40 times fewer emissions than wood-burning units and cost less to operate
  • They can be turned off easily with a switch, eliminating concern about remaining embers

Propane Cookstoves/Ovens

  • Offer instant heat and absolute temperature control.
  • 97% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas heat.

Propane Clothes Dryer

  • Can complete drying tasks in approximately three-quarters of the time it takes an electric unit.
  • Some models save up to 65% in costs over electric dryers.


Navigating the waters of energy options can be confusing and time consuming, but that is why we are here. Please give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have regarding propane and its uses. We have been providing energy solutions for our community for almost 75 years and would be more than happy to help.

Tips on DEF usage

What is DEF?

Diesel Exhaust Fluid was created by Equipment manufacturers to meet Tier 4 final emission standards. Injecting DEF into the diesel engine exhaust system helps emission reduction by breaking down particulate matter and nitrogen oxide.

DEF is 32.5% synthetic urea and 67.5% de-ionized water. DEF is: Nontoxic, Nonpolluting, Nonflammable, Nonhazardous, Stable, and Colorless but the downside is that it is corrosive to most metals and coatings. Anyone who has accidently spilled DEF on their truck will tell you that is true, so be extra attentive when adding DEF do your vehicle.


DEF is susceptible to evaporation so be sure to tightly close lids to protect against contamination and evaporation.



Can DEF freeze? What if it is left in my vehicles over the winter?

During vehicle operation, SCR systems provide heat to the DEF tank and lines. The system thaws DEF rapidly and keeps it flowing to the aftertreatment system regardless of the outside temperature.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is formulated with 32.5 percent urea and 67.5 percent deionized water. In storage or when the engine is not in use, DEF will freeze at 12°F (-11°C). At this concentration level, the urea and the water freeze and thaw at the same rate – ensuring that you always have the correct amount of each. Engines with SCR are specifically programmed for optimal performance at this ratio.


Like any water-based fluid, DEF expands when it is frozen.

*TIP: In cold weather, when the operator shuts the vehicle down, waiting 60 seconds before turning off the battery will allow the fluid to drain back out of the hoses and into the DEF tank.


As always, consult your OEM user manual for specific guidelines on DEF usage requirements and if you have any questions give us a call and we will help you out!

Sources: Case International, Successful Farming.

A Propane Water Heater? Is it Cheaper?

Have you ever wondered how much hydro your water heater uses? It takes a lot of energy to create that hot shower we all love. In fact, it can account for 20% or more of your families energy bill.

Maybe it is time to consider and upgrade? A propane water heater can provide you with the hot water you and your family needs a lower cost than a traditional electric water heater. Also, propane is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly ways to heat your water.

If you switch to propane you also don’t have to worry about Peak/Off Peak times so you can use your hot water when you need it without paying a premium.

If you would like more information, we can help. Call one of our local branches, or send us a message and we will help you get the answers you need.


5 Winter Delivery Tips: Help Us Keep You Warm!

Snow RemovalWe want to make sure you and your family stay warm and toasty this winter. At Dowler-Karn we are extra vigilant when it comes to winter deliveries. We will get you the fuel you need to keep you going but here are a few tips that you can follow to help us make those deliveries, and most importantly make them safely!


1. Please make sure the lane to your residence or business is plowed out. Our trucks are heavy and therefore do pretty   well in snow but that weight also makes them susceptible to sliding.

2. Even though our drivers have been to your home many times it looks different under a blanket of snow! Finding edges of the driveway can be very difficult and poses a big safety risk, marking the entrance sides of the lane is a huge help.

3. Dragging a Fuel hose through a three foot snow bank can be a tiring task especially if it is the 20th time that day. Please ensure there is a clear path from your driveway to the tank location so our Drivers can fill you up.

4. If you are not on automatic delivery keep an eye on your fuel gauge! The last thing we want is for you to run out of fuel in a winter storm so please let us know if you are low so we can arrange delivery before it is too late. One tip is to set a notification on your cell phone to remind you to check the tank.

5. Make sure any trees are trimmed in so that they do not impede the truck from entering or exiting your property. For more information please see our article on tree trimming.

Last but not least, enjoy the winter! Ontario is fortunate enough to experience all the seasons so build a snowman, go tobogganing, snowmobiling, or just take a brisk walk with a friend. Enjoy the snow while it lasts spring will be here soon!


Tree Trimming

Thank you for your continued business with Dowler-Karn Limited. As a company, we strive to provide our services safely and efficiently in partnership with you, our customer. On occasion, we may ask for your help to allow our drivers and technicians to be able to deliver product or services safely to your home, farm or business.

We take great pride in our equipment both in terms of appearance and performance. It is symbolic of our commitment to quality. As such, all of our employees are very conscious of potential hazards that could create problems for them or our equipment in the field. One such hazard is low hanging limbs or branches blocking safe access to properties that we deliver to.

We are asking for your assistance in tree trimming, specifically in trimming some of the branches on your property that are encroaching into our required delivery area. It is not our intent to have you alter the beauty of trees on your property but to only do the minimum required to allow us to service your needs without damaging our equipment.



As shown in the above picture, we need to have an opening of at least 14 feet high and 10 feet in width across the drive way to be able to make a safe delivery. We ask that you assist us by trimming your trees to allow for this. If you can not determine which limbs are in question please call our office and we will visit your location and try to help you identify the offending branches. Importantly, please note that your deliveries will be put on hold until this has been addressed. Watch your gauge and once the branches are trimmed, please call our office to let us know, in order to resume normal deliveries.



What You Need to Know About Ontario’s New Cap and Trade Program

Dear Customers,

The Ontario government’s new Carbon Cap-and-Trade program is set to begin on January 1, 2017. As part of its mandate to lead Ontario’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to the effects of climate change, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has set out a program that requires identified businesses that emit green­house gases to obtain “allowances” equal to their annual emissions—effectively a license to emit. These allowances are to be sold at government auctions, or bought and sold between emitters (the “trade” in cap and trade). The “Cap” refers to the limited total number of allowances the government releases into the market annually, which will be reduced year over year as an incentive for reducing emissions.

Ontario has elected to link its cap-and-trade system to existing ones in Quebec and California, meaning that businesses in all three jurisdictions will be able to trade allowances with each other.

What is the impact to us as consumers? Regrettably, much of the initial impact of this program will be felt by end users. From electricity to natural gas, gasoline to propane, along with other fuels, users will experience increased prices tied directly to the initial roll out of the cap and trade program. The cost of carbon allowances incurred by propane and fuels importers and producers will negatively affect prices beginning January 1, 2017. Sales of affected products will include additional charges as noted below:

It is estimated that these costs will initially equate to approximate increases of 2.78 cents per litre for propane, 4.27 cents per litre for motor fuels (gasoline), and 5.44 cents per litre for diesel fuels and 4.95 cents per litre for heating oil.

Surprisingly, the Ontario Energy Board ruled that it is not a requirement to separately disclose the cost of cap and trade on bills despite stake­holder groups’ interest in disclosure. It has always been Dowler-Karn’s intent to provide transparency as to the impact of this program to our customers. We will include this as a memo on invoices and updated information will also be posted on our website. Adjustments will be made as we are advised by our supply partners. Please note, the Carbon Cap and Trade line item is subject to change (up or down) depending on market variability and the actual cost of the carbon allowances. The frequency of change has the potential to be quarterly in accordance with the auction schedules.

According to the Ontario Auditor General’s recent report, Ontario households and businesses are forecasted to pay about $8 billion more to the Ontario government over four years begin­ning in 2017 for fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. The funds generated by the Carbon Cap-and-Trade program are intended to be used to support the Ontario government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to promote low-carbon energy solutions. We encourage our customers to seek out more information about this complex topic by visiting the Ontario Environment and Climate Change Ministry’s website at: www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade or by speaking to your local members of parliament. The rules for how cap and trade will operate in Ontario as well as how cap-and-trade revenues are to be spent have been set out in the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and its regulations. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to our Customer Account Representatives or review some of the links provided below.

Thank you for your continued patronage and for electing to partner with Dowler-Karn Limited for your propane, fuels or lubricant requirements. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you now and into the future.

For more information, please visit the following:

Climate Change Action Plan

Climate Change mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act, 2016

Regulation 452/09 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

Regulation 144/16 The Cap and Trade Program

Ontario Auditor General 2016 Annual Report – Climate Change


Biosecurity Protocols

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Dowler-Karn recognizes the importance of working with our many valued farming customers in the safe and efficient delivery of fuels, propane and lubricants. As a large agricultural fuels supplier, we are genuinely concerned with the health, well-being and productivity of Ontario’s farms. Our commitment to quality service and delivery extends to ensuring that we are working with our customers in supporting any biosecurity measures in place to protect their interests.

The following biosecurity protocols are meant to reduce the risk of transmission of any bacteria, viruses or other agents of disease in the course of farm service and deliveries. These guidelines apply to all Dowler-Karn delivery and service staff. If there are any questions, please direct them to the local branch.

  1. Dowler-Karn will request of its applicable customers that any farm specific protocols are communicated to the appropriate branch contacts prior to deliveries commencing. Any expectations will be documented and shared with staff. Knowing the producer’s protocols is an important step in ensuring that we are meeting their expectations.
  2. Dowler-Karn will schedule and carry out service/ deliveries in such a way as to minimize the risk of introducing and spreading disease. This may include limiting the deliveries by vehicle and within specific timeframes independent of full scale cleaning.
  3. Prior to delivery, the driver or customer service staff will alert the customer that a delivery is planned. This provides an opportunity for follow up to verify the health status and potential risk of each premise with respect to any concerns that should be considered in scheduling service or delivery.
  4. Upon arrival at an applicable farm, staff are expected to drive slowly to reduce potential for dust, avoiding puddles and visible debris where possible. Park in the designated location as directed by the farmer or as noted on the customer order or previous documentation.
  5. It is an expectation for Dowler-Karn drivers to maintain their vehicles to a high standard of cleanliness both internally and externally. This expectation is monitored by Management. In addition, prior to delivery or entering into a farm enclosure, in the absence of specific customer protocols, staff will be expected to spray tires, mud flaps, wheel wells, hose reels, and any other contact surfaces with disinfectant provided (I.e. Virkon) using spray bottles provided.
  6. Service personnel shall clean and disinfect footwear prior to entering the premises, and/ or wear disposable boot covers (as safety considerations allow). It will have to be determined if there is a disposal option available after delivery, as is the normal expectation.
  7. When ready, drivers are to drive directly to the delivery location (tanks or drop off point) and are to follow all farm biosecurity protocols. At no time should staff be leaving the area without direction. There should be no reason for staff to enter any housing or feeding areas and this is discouraged.
  8. Disposable gloves and other protective gear are to be available and may be warranted or required depending on customer protocols.
  9. Upon completion of the delivery, drivers are to disinfect the hose as it recoils onto the reel, also shaking off excess debris.
  10. Clean boots once again before entering cab.
  11. Leave in the same manner as arrival.

Quarantined Farms

Farms located within a designated distance of the indexed or diseased farm will have controls in place imposed by CFIA.

Dowler-Karn will not make any deliveries or visits to these locations unless it is an emergency.

In an emergency situation, a permit will be sought from the CFIA in order to get onto the farm. Should a delivery be made, the vehicle will not be permitted onto any other farms for a period of 24 hours and until thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Dowler-Karn will revisit these protocols on a regular basis and will work with the agricultural industry to ensure that we meet all reasonable expectations to decrease the potential for spread of contaminants by our vehicles. Where possible, Dowler-Karn encourages customers to consider options for placement of tanks and for providing clean routes for our delivery vehicles which will limit the risk. In addition, customers are encouraged to more closely monitor usage as they relate to orders to ensure that Dowler-Karn has the needed flexibility to organize deliveries in conjunction with these guidelines.