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Advantages of Propane

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Why do we use propane and how is it useful?

As one of the world’s most efficient sources of energy, millions of Americans use about 18 billion gallons of propane every year, to heat homes, heat water, cook food, dry clothes and run vehicles economically and efficiently. Propane is readily available, economic and efficient, plentiful, convenient to use and store, environmentally friendly and safe. The facts speak for themselves. Check out some of the many benefits of propane:

  • Propane is economical and efficient: 
    Virtually anything in your house, restaurant or building that can run on electricity can run on propane. However, a propane-fueled home is less costly to operate than an electric home. The costs of electricity and propane can be compared using the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which measures the heating value of each fuel. National fuel prices from the U.S. department of Energy show that the cost of electricity is more than twice the cost of propane. Even though the purchase price of propane is higher than the electric model, propane’s high efficiencies allows a homeowner to use less energy than the appliances that run on electricity or fuel oil. For the same heating value, propane therefore offers remarkable savings over electricity. Therefore, the purchase of propane achieves a faster ROI. In addition to propane’s faster ROI, propane is also less affected by the price increases of oil.
  • Propane is readily available
    Since propane is created from natural components, natural gas and petroleum, it is readily available here in the United States. In fact, almost 90% of the propane that is used in the United States is produced right here. Since propane is able to become liquid under pressure, it's an energy source that can be used virtually anywhere! So, it can be used and transported to many different areas, such as areas beyond the reach of natural gas mains, wherever you live.
  • Why propane?
  • Propane is plentiful and will continue to be
    As efforts are made to reduce gasoline consumption by 20%, propane is the smart alternative. Increasing the use of this affordable fuel in fleets by just 10% could displace one billion gallons of gasoline by the year 2017, delivering a significant portion of the displacement goal.
  • Propane is convenient to use and store
    Petro can deliver it right to your home. Propane tanks are environmentally friendly, require little maintenance, and can last up to 40 years. Propane's portability in liquid form makes it a convenient fuel for grilling, camping, and other uses. Up to 56,000 miles of pipeline and more than 6,000 retail dealer locations make propane readily available throughout the United States.
  • Propane is environmentally friendly
    Propane has long been recognized as the "green" energy. Using propane, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment. Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is nontoxic and insoluble in water. Because it is released as a gas, it doesn't spill, pool, or leave a residue. Propane exhaust creates 60-70% less smog-producing hydrocarbons than gasoline, according to studies by the Southwest Research Institute. It cuts emissions of toxins and carcinogens like benzene and toluene by up to 96%.
  • Propane is safe
    Propane has a very strong safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Statistics compiled by the NFPA indicate that the safest way to heat is with gas. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety.
*Source: www.usepropane.com

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