If you have a small plot of land, making use of the extra acreage as a hobby farm is a good way to help your property pay for itself and possibly even make a few bucks in the process. However, in order for a hobby farm to yield satisfactory financial return, every aspect of its function must be considered, specifically where fuel usage is concerned. There are good reasons why most hobby farms rely on propane for their small agricultural setting. If you are just getting started with your own hobby farm, it is a good idea to get to know the advantages of making propane your primary fuel source.
Propane gives you the ability to monitor investment costs.
If you rely on natural gas or electricity to power your farm, you are at the mercy of the provider every month because you rarely ever know when a change in unit cost will leave you with a higher bill to pay. Propane is different in the fact that you make the investment in the fueling you need in advance instead of paying for what you have used after you have already used it. This means that, when you are just starting out, you can have your propane tanks filled and know precisely how much you will be spending on that fuel source. Furthermore, you can better monitor your daily usage and be more conservative when necessary.
Propane offers an unmatched flexibility that gives you a multitude of property use choices.
Say you have about 30 acres to work with and you would prefer to have a barn or shelter erected as far away from your home as possible. The only problem is erecting the structure far away would normally include running power lines or natural gas lines all the way to the area just so you will have access to fuel. The beauty in propane is it is stored on your property, so it is absolutely portable without tapping into some under or over-ground lineage.
Propane can power everything from lights to heat systems.
A few of the things that can be powered on the average farm by propane include:
- grain-drying systems
- cooling and refrigeration systems
Propane is versatile enough that it can be used to power an array of equipment, machinery, and components that are necessary in a farm setting. This versatility makes it much easier to build your hobby farm to a suitable functionality without regard to space limitations.