MEMPHIS, TN- ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of air conditioning, heating, plumbing and efficient attic insulation services, said it has taken strides to become more green by deploying 21 clean-burning propane autogas cargo and cutaway vans in the Los Angeles and Houston areas.

ARS/Rescue Rooter plans to purchase 22 more vehicles by year-end, with an additional 100 or more vehicles planned for 2012, spanning multiple markets.

These Ford E-Series vans, powered by ROUSH CleanTech, reduce harmful emissions and carry certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"After researching several fuel options, we decided that ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas systems offered the best solution for us," said Mike Baessler, fleet director of ARS/Rescue Rooter. "We believe this investment will provide longevity to our fleet, in addition to reduced operating costs allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers."

In addition to reduced maintenance costs and the potential for extended engine life due to its clean-burning properties, ROUSH CleanTech stated that propane autogas historically offers a 30- to 40-percent reduction in fuel costs compared to gasoline. When compared with gasoline, vehicles fueled by propane autogas produce:

       • 17 to 24 percent less greenhouse gases.

       • 20 percent less nitrogen oxide.

       • Up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide.

"ARS/Rescue Rooter is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through a team of thoroughly trained technicians with the experience to do any job right - the first time," said Dave Slott, ARS/Rescue Rooter president and COO. "These new alternative vehicles allow us to maintain that promise, while being environmentally responsible as well."