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Propane and the Environment

Posted: September 13, 2021

If you use propane in your Delaware Valley home, you’ll be glad to know you are relying on one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources.

For starters, propane is not toxic! It does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak.

Propane also emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. That’s because the majority of the electricity used in our country is produced by coal-fired or natural gas-powered plants.

Additionally, if you are using a clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of your fuel is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.

Fast Facts from the Propane Education Research Council.

  • The Energy Star program gives propane a source site ratio of 1.01, compared to 3.03 for electricity from the grid. This means it takes 3.03 units of electricity to produce and deliver one unit of energy to a home, compared to only 1.01 for propane
  • Propane is electric grid free, making it a valuable partner energy source at solar and wind generation facilities when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.
  • Energy should be affordable, so that no one has to go without, but the share of income that low-income households spent on electricity rose by one-third in the last decade.

Get Your Motor Running With Propane

Clean-burning propane autogas is already powering buses, street cleaners, police cars and other vehicles in cities around the world. Many businesses are also using propane to fuel their vehicles—including us!

We began converting our service fleet to run on autogas several years ago, and we now run the majority of our vehicle fleet on propane autogas.

Because of this, we have already displaced tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel that otherwise would be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Since propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it burns cleaner and creates fewer toxic emissions. Some estimates are that converting a vehicle to propane can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.

Propane – the clean, green fuel energy source for your Delaware Valley home or business! Contact us if you would like to expand your use of propane.

You can also learn more about autogas here.