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. And, 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.
And, should you experience a power outage you won’t have to worry about keeping warm, cooking, or taking a hot shower if you have propane. You’ll be cozy and comfortable until the electricity comes back on.
Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas, or LPG. Propane is mainly produced from natural gas processing, but also from crude oil refining. Over 90% of propane used in the United States is produced domestically, with the majority of the remainder being imported from Canada. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected.
No. Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. Tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that propane-fueled vehicles produce 30 percent to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and about 50 percent fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline engines. Propane also is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to soil or water.