Before you convert your entire home, learn about propane uses, benefits, facts, and incentives. Propane is a versatile energy source with many uses and benefits. Although most people only think of those small propane tanks for outdoor grilling, propane fuel is a smart choice for powering your pool heating, home heating, cooking, generator, fireplace, lighting, clothes drying, and automobile needs.
First, some quick facts about propane:
- Propane is a nontoxic, colorless, and odorless gas (a chemical odorant is added to indicate the presence of a leak).
- 90% of propane is produced domestically (70% of the remaining supply comes from Canada & Mexico).
- Propane is the most popular alternative fuel for transportation (over 4 million vehicles run on propane worldwide).
- Propane is clean and emits low greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and other pollutants (it is not considered a greenhouse gas).
- Along with being environmentally friendly, propane is very efficient and cost-effective compared with other energy sources.
- For homes, businesses, fleets, and farms, propane is a safe and cost-effective choice (propane will not cause damage to ecosystems and will only cause bodily harm if liquid propane contacts skin or if propane vapor is ignited after a spill. The U.S. government classifies propane as an approved clean fuel.
Sources: NPGA and propane101
- Clean Energy – propane produces less than half the greenhouse gases associated with coal-fired electricity power plants.
- Energy Efficient – propane is an efficient source of energy, reducing total energy costs and providing reliable cheap energy for all your business and residential needs. Depending on which and how many systems you are replacing, propane can reduce your energy costs by up to 70% and increase total efficiency and useful life.
- Safe – since propane is nontoxic, there are no harmful effects from a propane spill, except if it the vapor gets ignited following a spill. Because of its ecofriendliness, propane is a very popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts for its ease of transport and storage. Propane installers and service providers are licensed by the state and undergo rigorous training.
Although propane is used mostly for heating, this remarkable fuel is used for many other purposes as well. About 60 million people in the United States use propane for one reason or another. Find out all the other useful propane uses for your home or business:
- HOME HEATING – for homes, business, and farms, propane is a safe and cost-effective choice. According to the US Department of Energy, propane can save you about 50% on energy costs associated with electricity. Propane provides higher temperatures and a more consistent flow of warm air than electric heat pumps and can last over 20 years.
- fireplace – along with home heating systems, propane can power your fireplaces as well. They are easy to maintain and clean up. Any gas fireplace can quickly and easily be converted to propane, inside or outside.
- water heating – although the upfront costs are considerably more, propane water heaters typically use 50% less energy, making the long-term savings worth the short-term investment. Compared with an electric model, a propane water heater can save you 60% on your energy bills.
- pool and spa heating – join the millions around the world that already use propane to heat their swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, saunas, whirlpools, and patio.
- APPLIANCES – you can buy propane refrigerators, gas ovens, freezers, clothes dryers, and more. Propane is an affordable, efficient, and safe choice for all your home’s major appliances.
- lawncare – many lawn care fleets (lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, etc.) have switched to propane to lower fuel emissions and costs, while increasing performance. According to propane.com, “For a limited time only, the Propane Mower Incentive Program amounts have been doubled — making the rewards of switching better than ever. Now through March 2015, you can earn $2,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $1,000 per qualifying mower conversion.“
- clothes dryer – compared to traditional electric models, a propane powered clothes dryer costs about $50-$100 more upfront, but the lower price per gallon will make up for the larger upfront costs. This does, however, heavily depend on your home’s total energy use. Also, if you have more appliances running on propane, this will help lower your price per gallon. Call Boulden Brothers to see if switching to propane powered appliances is a good idea for you.
- gas grills – propane is used to power most grills sold in the United States. Propane can also be used to power mobile home and RV appliances, generators, and greenhouse heaters.
- gas lighting – give your landscape an old-fashioned look with outdoor gas lights. Propane is cheaper and better for the environment than electricity, and are ideal for more rural areas, where electricity is sparse or not available.
- TRANSPORTATION – This clean burning fuel is the superior choice for environmental protection emitting up to 24 percent less emissions and 17 percent fewer greenhouse gases than that of diesel and gasoline. You can convert your car, truck, van, bus, or any other gasoline powered vehicle to propane for long-term savings and superior performance.
If you are interested in converting your vehicle or entire fleet to propane, contact Boulden Brothers. Many school districts and companies have already converted their fleet to propane. See how converting your fleet can benefit your business or organization. According to pwmag.com, “vehicles that run on propane autogas emit 12% less carbon dioxide, 20% less nitrogen oxide, and up to 60% less carbon monoxide than gasoline vehicles.”
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As you can see, propane is not just used for grilling. Across the country and around the world, business owners and homeowners have chosen to convert their heating, appliances, and vehicles to propane in order to reduce maintenance and operating costs, increase efficiency and useful life, and lower their impact on the environment.
For more information on propane uses/benefits and how you can start making your home propane-powered, visit our FAQ page.
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