What is propane?
Propane, also called Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG or LP), is a gas that is compressed and stored as a liquid. It is one of the cleanest and least complex hydrocarbons in existence. It is non-toxic, colorless and virtually odorless (the pungent skunk-like aroma you smell is an additive to keep you safe!). It has numerous uses inside and outside your home and is a clean, abundant energy source.
Why should I use propane?
- Affordable. On average, propane costs about half as much per BTU as electricity.
- Reliable. You can still have heat during electricity outages even—in the worst of weather conditions.
- Warmer. Compared to electric heat, a propane heating system is, on average, 20 degrees warmer (approximately 91,000 BTUs).
- Readily Available. Propane is convenient and portable, and can be used virtually anywhere, whether you are in the country or the city.
- Easier maintenance. Propane-fueled furnaces last between 5 and 10 years longer than electric heat pumps, on average.
- Clean & Environmentally Friendly. Propane is non-toxic and insoluble in water, so you don’t have to worry about a risk to soil and ground water supplies. It’s released as a gas, so it doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue.
What can I use propane for?
- Whole home heat
- Supplemental heat
- Fireplace inserts & log sets
- Water heating
- Clothes drying