The Advantages of Propane for Your Home
Propane is one of the most commonly used fuels for heating and appliances because it’s clean, cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, and incredibly versatile. Propane is also one of the safest fuels you can use to heat your home, cook meals, and provide warm water for baths and showers.
That’s why millions of American households use propane to power heating, household appliances, outdoor facilities, and more.
What can propane do for you?
Provide Clean Power
One of the biggest benefits of propane is that it’s non-toxic and non-caustic. If propane leaks, it vaporizes into the air without leaving an oily mess or polluting the environment. Propane tanks can be buried underground because propane doesn’t contaminate soil or groundwater. And, because propane burns clean, propane-powered furnaces and appliances typically require less maintenance.
Lower Your Energy Bills
Water heaters are notoriously high power consumers; a water heater alone can account for half of your household energy use. Yet propane water heaters can produce twice as much hot water as electric units in the same amount of time—and cut your energy bill by 30%!
How does that work? Propane delivers more BTUs per unit than natural gas or electricity, which means you need a lot less of it to power the same appliances.
Plus, while oil furnaces may be about 80% efficient, propane furnaces are 95% efficient. You may burn a little more propane than oil, but you’re not losing it up the chimney.
Bottom line: More energy output + higher efficiency = long-term cost savings for you.
Power Everything With One Fuel
Anything in your home or business that can run on natural gas can run on propane. That means you can take advantage of more affordable and efficient options for a range of uses:
- Space and temporary heaters
- Water heaters
- Furnaces and boilers
- Cooking appliances
- Clothes dryers
- Back-up generators
- Fireplaces and patio heaters
- Pools and spas
- Outdoor grills
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Propane produces lower greenhouse gas emissions than diesel, gasoline, or even electricity. Substituting propane for gasoline or fuel oil can reduce atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide as well as air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.
In fact, propane is listed as an approved, clean fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and as a clean energy alternative in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Support American Businesses
Of the 3,000 or so propane companies across the U.S., more than 70 percent are independent, family-owned businesses like ours. And, as of 2012, the propane industry employed 145,000 workers across the country.
What’s more, about 90 percent of the propane used in the U.S. is also produced here, which helps keep propane cost-effective and widely accessible.
Since propane is stored as a liquid, it can be transported to many different areas, including places that are off the electrical grid or beyond the reach of natural gas mains. With a plentiful supply and growing infrastructure to keep up with demand, there’s enough propane to meet America’s fuel needs for decades to come.