Propane: The Original Clean Energy
Propane is an affordable clean energy source that can help home owners and businesses lower emissions and reduce their carbon footprint.
Propane has been an important part of America’s energy mix for more than a century. Increasingly, Americans are turning to propane because it is environmentally friendly and efficient. In homes it is used to operate furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, appliances, and outdoor grills. On farms, propane is used to drive irrigation pumps, dry harvested crops, and control pests. Commercial uses for propane include fueling forklifts and fleet vehicles, mass transit, and for heating, cooking and standby generators in pretty much any enterprise including schools, restaurants, retail, hospitals, sports facilities, and hotels.
People trust propane as an innovative solution that can cut costs and go green.
Leading a Clean Energy Revolution
Basically, propane produces fewer emissions when burned compared to petroleum fuels. In fact it is one of the cleanest fossil fuels available and has been an approved clean energy source since the 1990 Clean Air Act, as well as the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005.
Propane has lower carbon content than other fuel sources, so burning it results in the release of less carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and greenhouse gases. It dissipates quickly and is not an air pollutant. It is not toxic, so it cannot contaminate water or soil. Transporting propane is safer than transporting other fuels, so environmental impact is reduced in the event of a spill or leak.
Saving for Everyone and Saving the Earth
Aside from sharp increases in the cost of other fuels, domestic propane production is expected to continue to grow rapidly, keeping downward pressure on average propane prices relative to oil prices. Propane is an abundant fuel, making it a clean-burning alternative to gasoline and diesel that can address energy challenges while long-term renewable technologies are developed.
Propane is reliable and accessible. Because it's stored on-site or delivered by a local supplier such as Mulhern Gas, propane is always there when you need it, and given in its lower price point compared to other fuel sources, is affordable. The U.S. is the largest producer of propane, so by choosing propane, you are shopping domestically, supporting local businesses, and reducing the environmental impact of imports and transportation.
Plus, the cost savings and benefits to our environment are proven facts:
- Tests done by the Environmental Protection Agency show that propane-fueled vehicles produce 30% to 90% less carbon monoxide and about 50% fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline-powered engines.
- Propane appliances, such as clothes dryers are more energy efficient, so savings on monthly energy costs are realized, while doing better for the environment.
- Propane-powered water heaters produce 60% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric-powered models. Propane tankless water heaters can cost up to 60% less to operate than electric models. Propane furnaces emit nearly 70% less greenhouse gases than electric furnaces.
- Businesses that operate equipment powered by propane can reduce fuel costs by 30 to 50% compared with other fuels.
- Most businesses that transition to propane-powered equipment often see a return-on-investment within 24 to 36 months due to reduced fuel costs and fewer maintenance need.
The Future of Clean Energy
Renewable propane is the next chapter of clean energy. Commonly produced from feed stock, animal fats and cooking oil, it could supply almost half the country’s propane demand by 2040. Now and for the future, no other fuel can live up to such a high standard for sustainability.