The Environmental Benefits of Using Propane as a Source of Energy

Date: April 8, 2019

Environmentally friendly

When you think of environmentally friendly energy sources, propane should be right at the top of your list. That’s because there are many ways propane is a benefit to our environment–in our homes, in our businesses and in our communities.

Clean and green

Let’s start with this: propane is not toxic! It does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak. You can feel comfortable with propane because there are no risks for long-term damage to your home or property, even if a leak does occur.

Propane also emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. That’s primarily because more than 40% of the electricity used in our country is produced by coal-fired plants. Pollution from coal-fired power plants can lead to smog and acid rain. But combustion of propane does not create those levels of emissions to cause those problems.

Propane also has a lower carbon content than fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol – a big part of the reason it was added to the Clean Air Act as a clean fuel in 1990.

Propane improves efficiency, which helps the environment

Propane is much more efficient than electricity when evaluating the total energy consumed (this includes the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing and transportation of the fuel to the point of use). Based on this analysis, propane is 87% efficient; electricity is 32% efficient.

As an example, a tankless propane water heater can save more than $150 per year in energy costs compared with typical electric storage water heaters. Less energy used equals less environmental impact.

And with a clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of fuel is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.

Get your motor running with propane

There may come a day when, instead of filling your car’s tank with gasoline, you’ll “fill ‘er up” with propane autogas instead.

Propane autogas is already powering buses, street cleaners, police cars and other vehicles in cities around the world. Many businesses are also using propane to fuel their vehicles.

What makes propane a leading alternative fuel for vehicles of all kinds is its lesser environmental impact. Since propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it burns cleaner and creates fewer toxic emissions. Some estimates are that converting a vehicle to propane can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent.

Propane also has a higher octane level than gasoline, which can reduce that knocking sound you may hear sometimes, as well as the potential damage from it. Your vehicle’s engine may last longer with propane.

Propane – the clean, green fuel energy source for your Tennessee home or business! Contact your local propane company if you would like to expand your use of propane.