Propane (also called LPG – liquefied petroleum gas – or LP gas) is a liquid fuel stored under pressure. In most systems, propane is vaporized to a gas before it leaves the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks and static electricity. Severe freeze burn or frostbite can result if propane liquid comes in contact with your skin.
Whether it’s your home, farm, equipment or business, running them on propane makes good sense – both economically and environmentally. According to the Department of Energy, it can cost up to twice as much to operate your range, water heater, dryer or furnace using electricity instead of propane. In addition to being the more economical choice, propane is also the friendlier environmental choice. Before there was an awareness of “global warming” or “going green” propane was already a leader in clean energy. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all energy sources and was approved as a clean, alternative fuel in 1990 by the Clean Air Act. Today, more than 60 million Americans rely on this exceptional energy source for comfort, reliability and everyday savings. Listed below are just a few of the various ways that propane is used as a beneficial fuel.
- Residential: Home heating, gas cooking including ovens and stovetops, water heating, gas logs, fireplaces and stoves, grills, clothes dryers, recreational vehicles, pool and hot tub heaters, lighting and heating of outdoor patios and backup generators.
- Commercial: Heating, industrial cooking appliances, hot water heaters, swimming pool and hot tub heaters, industrial clothes dryers, generators and municipal fleets.
- Industrial: Forklifts, space heating, water heating and process heating.
- Agricultural: Crop dryers, greenhouses, irrigation pumps, brooders, crop dryers, weed burners, livestock heaters and motor fuel applications.