Propane: An Eco-Friendly Alternative Fuel

Posted: November 15, 2021

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Did you know that propane gas has a lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, kerosene, ethanol and traditional, all-petroleum fuel oil? That’s a big part of the reason the U.S. Congress designated propane as a clean-burning alternative fuel in the 1990s. (It’s also one of the reasons we deliver B20 Bioheat Plus® fuel, a mix of heating oil and biofuel that generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas).

Because propane is created through the processing of natural gas or crude oil, it is a fuel that is largely a domestic product. In fact, about 90% of the American propane supply is generated right here in the United States! That abundant, right-at-home supply makes propane a reliable fuel choice for your Delaware Valley home, including all of its appliances, throughout the year.

If you use propane appliances instead of electric ones, you’re doing your part to help the environment. The average propane-powered home reduces carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 30% compared to all-electric homes. What’s more, direct use of propane for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 50%. Read more about propane and the environment.

Propane as an Alternative Motor Fuel

According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, 60% of alternative-fuel vehicles nationwide operate on propane, from buses to fleet trucks, forklifts, lawnmowers and farm tractors. It is the third most popular vehicle fuel, next to gasoline and diesel.

Autogas is the term used to describe propane when it is used as a fuel for vehicles. Autogas is the world’s most popular alternative fuel. In fact, there are more than 300,000 vehicles in the U.S. that have been manufactured or converted to use propane autogas!

Its popularity has led to an array of innovations in OEM-supported vehicles that use the fuel, including light- and medium-duty trucks, vans and shuttles.

Additionally, there are now about 15,000 propane-powered buses in the country transporting nearly one million children to school each day, and that number keeps increasing. Some school districts in our service area rely on us for Autogas for their bus fleet.

Plus, we run the majority of our vehicle fleet on propane autogas. In doing so, we have already displaced tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, which produce far more emissions than propane autogas. We also help local businesses use a much cleaner fuel by setting them up with a propane autogas dispensing station on their property, or scheduling regular on-site fueling by our delivery trucks.

Read more about propane autogas for business fleets and commercial landscapers.

Founded in 1926, Wilson Oil and Propane strives to provide excellent service to our customers every single day. In addition to prompt, professional expert HVAC services, heating oil and propane delivery, we offer our customers many ways to lower their energy costs and enhance their comfort.

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