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Propane Advantages

Using propane is an excellent way to reduce emissions while meeting energy needs.

Whether it’s your home, farm, equipment, or business, running them on propane makes good sense — both economically and environmentally.  It’s a clean, non-toxic energy source that helps reduce carbon emissions. Plus, the abundance of propane and growth of renewable propane means it can be used for generations to come.

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. 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.



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.

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Propane produces 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than grid-generated electricity, based on national averages.

It's better than grid electricity – because more than 60% of energy used for electricity generation is lost in conversion and nearly 25% of grid electricity comes from coal. Propane has a great source-site ratio of 1.01, compared to 2.80 for electricity from the grid. Almost no energy is lost as it travels from tank to application.

It's better than natural gas – because propane is methane-free. Over a 20 year period, one ton of methane has a global warming potential that is 84 to 87 times more than CO2.

It's better than liquid fuels – because it vaporizes when exposed to air. It won't harm soil, drinking water or marine ecosystems and is not reactive in the air.

Versus gasoline, propane autogas-powered vehicles significantly reduce emissions: 12% less CO2, 20% less NOx, 25% fewer greenhouse gases and up to 60% less carbon monoxide. The numbers versus diesel are even better, plus propane emits virtually no particulate matter.

It's WAY better than coal – because it is low carbon. That's why the U.S. Department of Energy classifies it as a clean alternative fuel.

And it's renewable – because it is being made today by converting plant and vegetable oils, waste greases, and animal fat into fuel, all of which are MUCH better than disposal.