We are hearing more and more about climate change and the importance of reducing our ‘carbon footprint’ by switching to cleaner, green energy to help protect our environment. Many of us aren’t able to run out and trade in our gas-powered vehicles for Teslas, but it is important to make sure you are well-informed, especially if you care about protecting the environment.
Let’s talk Propane!
You can feel good about using propane as a residential fuel source, because propane is an approved alternative fuel in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. A gallon of propane burned produces about half the carbon dioxide (CO2) as a gallon of fuel oil. Compared per BTU of fuel, propane releases less CO2 than ethanol, gasoline, biodiesel, kerosene or coal. In traditional tank water heating, electric heaters produce 150 times the greenhouse gas emissions of a propane heater. Pretty impressive, right?
As you probably know, propane is also very energy efficient. Its unique, natural properties mean it works harder and more efficiently with less waste. Currently, propane works harder by burning hotter than other energy sources. Additionally, technological innovations are advancing the power and performance of this already efficient fuel.
Here are 5 reasons why propane is a “Green” energy!
Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Studies have shown that propane releases significantly less greenhouse gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere when released into the air or burned as fuel. This can have a profound measurable impact on total GHG emissions year-round. Propane has a lower carbon footprint, producing 38% fewer emissions than oil, with low carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions. High efficiency propane furnaces emit 10,000 fewer pounds of carbon per year than standard oil-fueled furnaces.
Propane is completely non-toxic and cannot be spilled or dissolved in water. Although it is stored in liquid form, when released it simply vaporizes and dissipates into the air. And because of its low-carbon chemical makeup, it poses no threats to the environment and does not turn into greenhouse gasses or other harmful emissions.
Propane is generally cheaper than other fuel sources including electricity. Propane furnaces and other appliances have up to 90% efficiency or more in real-world scenarios. Propane appliances are usually high efficiency as well, making it even easier to use less fuel on average. Less fuel means less emissions, adding to our effort to protect the environment.
As an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved clean alternative fuel, propane offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than many other energy options without compromising performance in a wide range of applications.
Propane has a lower carbon content than fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol. As mentioned above, this means it produces less GHG emissions and other environmental contaminants, as well as makes it non-toxic and more stable.
If you’ve been considering converting your home heating or appliances to propane, now might be the right time to consider using eco-friendly and green propane fuel. It’s one huge step you can take towards making our world cleaner and protecting the environment for future generations. Need a quote? Give us a call!