Why do so many choose propane for their home?
The facts speak for themselves. There are lots of great reasons why propane is the first choice as a fuel source for so many homeowners’ comfort needs:*
It’s economical and efficient
Virtually anything in your house, restaurant or building that can run on electricity can run on propane but a propane-fueled home is cheaper than a home run on electricity. Propane and electricity costs 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 clearly offers fantastic savings over electricity!
It’s readily available
Created from natural components, natural gas and petroleum, propane is readily available at home in the United States and almost 90% of the propane that is used in the United States is produced here. As it becomes liquid under pressure, propane is an energy source that can be used virtually anywhere! This makes it easier to use and transport than natural gas, such as areas beyond the reach of your natural gas mains.
There’s plenty of it and that won’t change
Propane is a smart alternative in efforts to reduce gasoline consumption by 20%. It’s an affordable fuel and increasing its use in fleets by just 10% could displace one billion gallons of gasoline by 2017, delivering a significant portion of the displacement goal.
Due to stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), propane has strong safety record. Statistics compiled by the NFPA indicate that the safest way to heat is with gas. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety.
It’s environmentally friendly
Long recognized as the “green” energy, using propane, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment. It’s an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. It’s non-toxic and insoluble in water and 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, according to studies by the Southwest Research Institute. Emissions of toxins and carcinogens like benzene and toluene are also cut by up to 96%.
Storage and usage are easy and convenient
Up to 56,000 miles of pipeline and more than 6,000 retail dealer locations make propane readily available throughout the country. It can be delivered right to your home. Propane tanks are environmentally friendly, require little maintenance, and can last up to 40 years. It’s portability in liquid form makes it a convenient fuel for grilling, camping, and many other uses.
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