Re-printed announcement from Generac and Tank Utility
Fuel Tank Tech Ensures Propane Generators Stay Running
Tank Utility lets homeowners monitor propane tank levels from their smartphones
WAUKESHA, Wis. — With as many as 40 percent of all home standby generators installed around the country running on liquid propane (LP) fuel, homeowners need to ensure that their LP tanks have enough fuel in them to support the generator’s fuel consumption during a power outage. For many, that means making educated guesses. But in a world in which you can do practically everything with your smartphone — from opening your garage door to ordering a cup of coffee — that’s becoming less acceptable.
And it’s why home standby generator maker Generac Power Systems recently invested in Boston, Mass.-based Tank Utility (TM), makers of the only homeowner-friendly solution on the market for monitoring LP tank levels with a smartphone.
“Hoping you have enough fuel for your Generac® home standby generator is not the best emergency preparedness strategy,” said Ray Stanek, sr. product manager, Generac. “Running out of fuel is as bad as not having a generator at all. The Tank Utility monitor eliminates all guesswork about keeping your LP fuel tank full to support your propane generator as well as your other appliances.”
Using Tank Utility monitors with propane generators
Homeowners can install the Tank Utility monitoring hardware to their LP fuel tank in less than 10 minutes, without any tools required. The device connects to the Internet via the home’s existing Wi-Fi network and is configured via the Tank Utility app, available for both Android and iOS devices. In short order, the homeowner will have access to their fuel tank level, which is automatically updated every six hours. With the app, users can configure alerts so that they are notified when their LP tank is running low — in plenty of time to do something about it, no matter where in the world they may be.
“The Tank Utility app also helps homeowners gauge their LP fuel usage via historical data,” said Amos Epstein, CEO, Tank Utility. “By looking at trends, they will gain additional insight into how much fuel they use and when. Then they can more effectively work with their fuel suppliers to schedule refills.”
Generac is currently selling Tank Utility monitors through its nationwide network of more than 5000 residential product dealers.
Generac Power Systems, Inc. (NYSE: GNRC) is a leading global supplier of backup power and prime power products, systems and engine-powered tools. Back in 1959, our founder was committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing the first affordable backup generator. Fifty-seven years later, the same dedication to innovation, durability and excellence has resulted in the company’s ability to expand its industry-leading product portfolio into homes and small businesses, on job sites, and in industrial and mobile applications across the globe. Generac offers single engine backup and prime power systems up to 12 MW and paralleled solutions up to 100 MW, and uses a variety of fuel sources to support power needs for our customers. We are proud to be named, in back-to-back years, the Frost & Sullivan 2014 and 2015 North American Natural Gas Generator Set Company of the Year. Visit Generac.com for more information.
About Tank Utility
At Tank Utility, our mission is to bring data-driven efficiency and modern conveniences to delivered fuel with world-class software. Our smart tank monitors and cloud-based software enable propane and other fuel delivery companies to dramatically improve their business operations, reduce waste, and engage with their customers. Homeowners tracking their fuel consumption with Tank Utility devices and smartphone apps report increased peace-of-mind and higher satisfaction with their fuel provider. Visit TankUtility.com to learn more.