Clean & Green

Clean & Green

Why propane is a good choice for the planet

clean green energyDid you know that propane is listed as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy?

That’s because propane has a dramatically lower environmental impact than other energy sources such as electricity, gasoline, diesel, kerosene or ethanol.

Propane has a lower carbon content than any of those fuels. But that’s just the beginning of propane’s superiority when it comes to the environment.

What makes propane a green energy source?

Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity in producing the same amount of energy.

More than 40% of the electricity used in our country is generated by coal-fired power plants. Pollution from such plants creates greenhouse gases and can cause smog and acid rain. Propane combustion creates almost zero greenhouse gas and particulate emissions, so it doesn’t cause those problems.

Unlike gasoline, diesel, kerosene and other fossil fuels, propane does not harm the air, water or soil in the rare event of a leak.

How else is propane good for the environment?

Propane’s efficiency helps reduce the environmental impact of keeping your home safe and comfortable.

Let’s compare propane and electricity in terms of total energy consumed. That factors in the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing and transportation of the fuel to its point of use as well as the energy consumed by the appliance.

With those calculations, propane is 87% efficient. Electricity? A paltry 32% efficient.

Here’s another example of how propane’s efficiency is better for the planet. When you use a high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of the fuel is wasted in the combustion process. In contrast, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.

With propane, you’re doing right by the planet but not sacrificing one bit of comfort!

Ready to enjoy comfort with reduced environmental impact? Find a propane dealer near you to get started!