About Propane Heat
Now used by over 12.6 million Americans, propane has been a trusted fuel source for over a decade. Also known as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), propane is colorless, non-toxic, and has almost no smell naturally though an odor is added as a safety precaution to help detect gas leaks.
How is Propane Created?
Propane is a naturally occurring gas which is supplied mostly as a by-product of natural gas processing. A lesser amount of propane is created from crude oil refinement. Propane comes in a gas or vapor form in homes but can also be used in liquid form for use in vehicles.
Fun fact: propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas.
What Else is Unique About Propane?
• Propane has been on the approved list of clean fuels since the Clean Air Act of 1990. It has been known to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and more especially when compared to gasoline.
• Propane is an American tradition. It has a long history of use throughout the United States and helps to employ an excess of 145,000 workers across the country.
• Because of its abundance, America has also become a net exporter of propane. In fact, the US is its leading producer.
• Local abundance also makes propane highly affordable. And because propane production is only expected to grow going forward, propane prices are likely to stay low for the foreseeable future.
What Does Propane Power Around Your Home?
Propane is extremely versatile and can power everything from farm equipment to cooking grills. It is commonly used inside the home for things like space heating, fireplaces, clothes drying, and to heat water. Propane is just as prevalent in outdoor spaces where it is used for lighting, powering grills or BBQs, and heating for pools and spas. When the power goes out, it’s often propane that will be powering your standby generator. Large and small businesses across the country use propane in the commercial, industrial, and agricultural industries.
Source: Propane Education & Research Council