Propane, often referred to as liquefied petroleum, is produced from crude oil refining and natural gas processing. It is used as an alternative energy source to coal and electricity and has proven to be one of the cleanest burning fuels used today.

What is Propane Used For?

The Petrochemical Industry: Nearly half of the propane consumed in the United States is used in the petrochemical industry to make plastics and other products such as cosmetics, fertilizers, detergents, asphalt, and synthetic fabrics.

Residential and Commercial Properties: Propane is an energy source used by over 9 million families. It is commonly used to provide energy to rural areas without access to the natural gas system. Propane delivers a clean, efficient and reliable energy solution for households that rely on propane for hot water, cookingt, drying clothes, and propane-fueled fireplaces. Commercial establishments like hotels, restaurants, and laundromats use propane services in the same way as the homeowner.

Farms: Farms use propane fuel for crop drying, weed control, and powering equipment. More than 660,000 farmers also use propane fuel for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, and generators.

Industrial Sites: More than 350,000 industrial sites use propane for heating, cutting, heat treating, vulcanizing, and annealing.  Propane as motor fuel for forklift trucks and lifts is used extensively in factories and warehouses due to the clean burning nature of propane.   As a result, air quality is not degraded as with the use of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles (forklifts)

What are the Benefits of Using Propane as Opposed to Other Energy Sources?

Cost Effective: Propane gas costs consumers half the price of electricity, and some states offer fuel tax incentives to encourage consumers to use clean fuels.

Environmentally Friendly: Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels. Neither the production nor the burning of propane creates a significant impact to the atmosphere.

Reliable: When you rely on electricity, you become vulnerable to power outages. With propane, the weather will not affect your fuel supply as it is contained in a tank in your yard.   A propane fueled fireplace or space heater can offer heat, hot water and to your family when there is an electrical outage.  You can even cook meals on your propane gas range.

Locally Made: When we use propane, we don’t have to rely on foreign oil. In fact, over 90% of America’s propane was produced here in the United States.

Homeowners, businesses, and construction sites are all experiencing the amazing benefits of propane fuel. For more information contact us today.

When you think propane, you might immediately think of gas grills. Sure, that might be the most common use, but did you know how else you can use propane fuel to heat and power your home? Propane serves over 60 million people in the U.S. in many different ways, including more than 1 million commercial establishments. There are countless applications in both commercial and residential spaces, but here are a few of the most popular propane uses in the home that you may want to consider switching to!

Electric stoves and ranges were popular for a short while, but that didn’t last long.  People use gas  instead of electric for many reasons. Cooking with gas offers many benefits aside from the cost; not only is it cheaper, but it can yield better results. Propane fueled ovens give you more precise control over the temperature for more even cooking. Unlike electric ranges, gas stoves ignite immediately — there is no waiting for the burners to warm up! In contrast, gas burners also cool more quickly for a safer kitchen environment when you are done cooking.

Did you know a full 16% of the nation’s 6.3 million homes use propane as their main heating source? Propane fuel is excellent for use in furnaces due to their efficiency and low-cost. Electric furnace models typically cost much more to heat your home than with propane. Once again, propane beats out electric: propane furnaces heat your air much warmer than electric heating systems. Great for people who live in colder climates, this will ensure that you stay warm despite the harshest winter storms.

Clothes Dryer

Many people do not consider using gas in more unconventional applications like in a clothes dryer, but you can substitute your electric model for one that runs on propane fuel. Nearly anything with an electric heating element can be fueled by natural, safe, non-toxic propane. The moist heat of propane is less likely to discolor or burn fabrics as compared to their electric counterparts. In almost every instance, gas powered appliances are more energy efficient and cost less to operate; clothes dryers are no exception. Save money on electrical costs by switching to propane-fueled dryers. You get faster drying times and more precise temperatures for a fraction of the cost.

Propane can be used for really any appliance that requires a heating element such as heating water, cooking, barbecuing, or even refrigerating! OK, so a propane toaster isn’t one of them.  We recommend you stay with electricity for that.

Call us to see how we can help you make the switch to start saving time and money!

It’s clear that consumers are more and more interested in “going green,” whether that involves having a smaller carbon footprint or simply opting for companies with reputable recycling programs. According to a recent report, 73% of consumers have decided not to buy a product because it had (or seemed to have) a negative environmental impact.

For this reason, it makes sense to encourage consumers toward propane water heaters, and away from electric water heaters which typically are not as efficient in converting energy into hot water and have a longer recovery time. Heating water can account for up to 30% of a home’s energy expense, and propane heaters allow homeowners to save money as they use less energy to heat their water. And of course, there’s the advantage of having consistently hot water.

Propane: Increasingly Popular

Currently, propane services are used by about 60 million people in the U.S., a number that will likely increase as consumers continue to look for more eco-friendly alternatives to their existing water heaters. Propane has long been a popular solution among those living in mobile homes, with approximately 16% of these occupants relying on propane not only to heat their water, but their home as well.

Even More Energy Efficiency With Tankless Water Heaters

If you’ve heard about tankless water heaters, they are a good option if you are interested in energy efficiency. Consumer Reports tested a tankless heater and found that it was 22% more efficient than the traditional tank models. On the other hand, they point out that the difference in cost means that it can take several years for the energy savings to cover the higher cost of installation. For families concerned about their carbon footprint, through, contributing less to environmental change while also saving an average of $70 a year can translate into a good deal.