Propane and the Environment

Propane is a green energy source — and getting greener every day!

From Local Homes to National Parts – Propane is a Cleaner, Greener Fuel Source!

So many of our customers have expressed concern about the threat of climate change, wanting to confirm that they’re making responsible choices about how they heat their homes and power their appliances.

We’re happy to report that propane has long been an eco-friendly fuel, and propane home equipment is regularly among the most energy-efficient choices out there. It’s already the greener, cleaner fuel source for Pennsylvania homes. Plus, new, even greener propane products are on the horizon.

How eco-friendly is propane?

Conventional propane (a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining) was listed as an alternative fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. What makes it such a green home fuel?

Let’s start by discussing conventional propane’s carbon intensity score. This metric tells you how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is generated to produce a given amount of energy. Propane’s score is much lower than those of gasoline, heating oil and diesel. It’s also considerably lower than that of Pennsylvania’s grid electricity, which still relies on coal and natural gas for generation.

Propane contains zero methane (the main component of natural gas), which the Environmental Protection Agency has found to be over 28 times as potent as CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Propane emits almost no particulate matter, a carcinogen.

How efficient are propane products?

environmentYou can expect superior energy efficiency from propane equipment. Here are a few examples:

Have you heard of renewable propane?

You can already feel good about using propane in your home, but it’s only getting greener with the advent of renewable propane.

What is renewable propane? It’s an eco-friendly fuel that’s molecularly identical to conventional propane. You can use it as a “drop-in” alternative in existing, unmodified propane equipment. But renewable propane comes from organic and recycled material, including the following:

Renewable propane made from domestic, non-rendered used cooking oil has only about a quarter of the carbon intensity score of conventional propane — and about 18% of the score of Pennsylvania grid electricity.

And we expect that score to drop even lower as research continues.

Renewable propane isn’t in wide use yet, but its production is growing every year. Soon, homes in the Keystone State will be significantly shrinking their carbon footprints with this revolutionary alternative fuel.

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