Blog : Proulx Oil & Propane's Green Story

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Did you know that every organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? The GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Proulx's Green Story below to learn more about what makes this oil company green! To read all of Proulx Oil & Propane's certification documents, click here

There’s a tendency for decades-old, family-owned companies to eschew risk and chance in lieu of resting on laurels – to hide behind the safety of their own success and history. 

Proulx Oil & Propane isn’t one of them. 

For a company so entrenched in tradition, Proulx Oil & Propane has its sites set squarely to the future, and especially our region’s energy future. Even when Joe Proulx first founded the company way back in 1944, the impetus was a changing of the energy guard: from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. Not long after, Proulx brought propane gas – cleaner and greener still – into the company fold, cementing his reputation as a forward thinking business owner. 

Today, Proulx’s commitment to cutting edge technologies, steadfast customer service, and ever-improving products continues apace. Thanks to a fuel additive called Heat Force, Proulx is helping assure not only that their customers are burning cleaner fuel and cutting down their emissions, but reducing their need for service calls as well.

Of course, the company was also a pioneer in offering BioHeat, a renewable-based alternative to standard heating oil. Grown on American farms, thereby reducing our dependency on foreign oil, BioHeat can be incorporated into your home or office without any significant upgrades or modifications to your heating system.

More exciting still, with their new AutoGas offshoot, Proulx is once again changing the way we think about fuel. At 70% cleaner than standard gasoline, AutoGas allows all manner of vehicle – police cruisers, school buses, airport shuttles, limos, and a host of others – improve their performance while reducing their emissions. How does it work? Utilizing the PRINS conversion system, the #1 conversion system used worldwide, the converted vehicle can run on either propane or gasoline if needed, switching seamlessly from one to the other if the vehicle should run out of propane.

Proulx’s own expansive fleet has already become some of the first full converts, with the goal of transitioning 90% of the company’s service vehicles by the end of 2013. And while company President Jim Proulx – who runs his personal vehicle on propane – says it will take some time before the technology is made readily available to the wider public, he says it won’t belong before the impact of green-shifting businesses makes that possibility a reality.

Indeed, Proulx isn’t merely touting the technology’s bona fides; he’s also spearheading its implementation. Whether it’s offering the service – the conversion as well as the fuel – at the company’s Newmarket headquarters, or installing a standalone fueling station for a single municipal bus at SAU46 in Penacook, Proulx has taken to heart the famed Field of Dreams refrain: If you build it, they will come. 

Taken together, Proulx’s energy offerings are making energy efficiency possible for anyone – homeowners, businesses, and municipalities alike. With a commitment to environmental stewardship and local service nearly 70 years in the making, Proulx Oil and Propane is a company you can trust, with a mission of conservation that is as New England as it gets.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a company better prepared to take the next green leap: Proulx has long been a pioneer in marketing and selling renewable energy. But beyond the game-changing technologies, Proulx is committed to broadening its efforts to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. From a full-fledged recycling program to comprehensive lighting overhauls and an increased emphasis on electronic billing, Jim Proulx’s company is nothing if not squarely focused on a greener future.

Green Alliance members save 7 cents per gallon of B5 Heating Oil and 10 to 25 cents off propane prices at Proulx Oil & Propane!