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Is Propane Really a Clean and Green Home Fuel?

Written on: September 13, 2021

Learn more about propane’s environmental friendliness

is propane green maineEfforts have been launched recently on local and state levels to begin converting homes to use electricity for everything, including home heating, water heating, and cooking.

It’s part of a well-intended, but misguided, effort to fight climate change.

Propane is more environmentally friendly than electricity in many ways.

Have a greener home with propane

Propane produces less than half the greenhouse gases of electricity to generate the same amount of energy. In the United States, coal-fired power plants account for more than 40% of electricity generation. Coal-generated electricity is the second greatest source of greenhouse gases in the United States behind transportation, and it also releases dangerous chemicals that contribute to smog, pollution, and acid rain.

Propane, in terms of energy efficiency, always wins over electricity. Propane is more efficient than electricity in terms of the overall amount of energy consumed (in terms of extraction, production, processing, and transportation to the point of usage). Propane is 87% efficient Electricity is 32% efficient overall.

Homes that use propane instead of electricity can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 30% and their greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

Propane-powered appliances, such as tankless water heaters, consume less energy than comparable electric devices, resulting in lower environmental impact.

A greener future

Demand for propane for household usage has been on the rise. This will continue, accelerated by the current real estate and housebuilding booms. In the residential construction market, propane-powered homes have been gaining popularity. Propane gas is enticing to potential homebuyers since it offers higher energy efficiency and amenities. People are converting their home heating systems from electric to propane to get more comfort and lower energy costs.

By 2025, propane demand in the United States will top 10 billion gallons per year. The propane market can satisfy that demand while also securing a dependable domestic energy supply that is not reliant on foreign imports or the aging, failing infrastructures of utilities.

The propane industry is focused not only on meeting the growing demand for propane but doing so while making propane even cleaner and greener, and putting it to use to fight climate change.

Renewable energy is changing a lot for the future of energy, and the planet. It allows us to become less dependent on extracting fuel from the earth, such as drilling for oil or fracking for natural gas.
Renewable propane makes propane’s environmental friendliness even better. It is a by-product of the renewable diesel process. Biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides are being used to perfect methods to create renewable propane in Europe and the United States.

Renewable propane contributes to meeting the growing demand for propane while reducing its environmental effect even more.

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