What are the advantages of using propane? We think there are plenty, the facts speak for themselves! Check out some of the many great reasons why propane is a good choice as a fuel source.
As one of the world’s most efficient sources of energy, millions of Americans use about 18 billion gallons of propane every year, to heat their homes, use in commerical, agricultural or industrial businesses and run vehicles economically and efficiently.
- Propane is economical and efficient: Virtually anything in your house, restaurant or building that can run on electricity can run on propane. However, a propane-fueled home is less costly to operate than an electric home. The costs of electricity and propane can be compared using the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which measures the heating value of each fuel. National fuel prices from the U.S. Department of Energy show that the cost of electricity is more than twice the cost of propane. For the same heating value, propane therefore offers remarkable savings over electricity.
- Propane is readily available: Since propane is created from natural components, natural gas and petroleum, it is readily available here in the United States. In fact, almost 90% of the propane that is used in the United States is produced right here. Since propane is able to become liquid under pressure, it’s an energy source that can be used virtually anywhere! So it can be used and transported to many different areas, such as areas beyond the reach of natural gas mains, wherever you live.
- Propane heat is hotter than electric heat: A propane gas furnace heats air to temperatures between 130*F to 140*F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs. An electric heat pump produces heat below body temperature (98.6*F), so the air actually feels cool when placing your hand in front of a vent.
- Propane is plentiful and will continue to be: As efforts are made to reduce gasoline consumption by 20%, propane is the smart alternative. Increasing the use of this affordable fuel in fleets by just 10% could displace one billion gallons of gasoline by the year 2017, delivering a significant portion of the displacement goal.
- Propane is cheaper than electricity: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home with propane in recent years has cost far less that heating with electricity. Propane water heaters can also cost one-third less to operate that electric water heaters and can recover twice as quickly.
- Propane is convenient to use and store: Garthwaite Energy can deliver it right to your home. Propane tanks are environmentally friendly, require little maintanence, can last up to 40 years. Propane’s portability in liquid form makes it a convenient fuel for grilling, camping, and other uses. Up to 56,000 miles of pipeline and more than 6,000 retail dealer locations make propane readily avaliable throughout the United States.
- Propane is environmentally-friendly: Propane has long been recognized as the “green” energy. Using propane, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment. Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy of 1992. Propane gas is non-toxic and produces minimal emissions, and is not harmful to soil or water. Because it is released as a gas, it doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue. Propane exhaust creates 60-70% less smog-producing hydrocarbons than gasoline. It cuts emissions of toxins and carcinogens like benzene and toluene by up to 96%.
- Propane is safe: Propane has a very strong safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Statistics complied by the NFPA indicate that the safest way to heat is with gas. Propane also has built-in safety properties: It won’t ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches 940* F. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety. *See General Safety Guidelines*