When you think of energy sources that are environmentally friendly, propane should be number one on your list. There are many ways propane energy is a benefit to our environment in our homes, in our communities and in our businesses.
For a start: Propane is nontoxic! It does not pool, spill or leave a residue, making it harmless to water or soil or in the event of a tank leak. You’ll feel comfortable using propane because there are no risks for long-term damage to your property or home, even if a leak does occur.
Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity producing the same amount of energy. That’s because more than 40% of the electricity used in our country is produced by coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired plant pollution can lead to acid rain and smog, while propane combustion doesn’t create those levels of emissions that causes those problems.
Propane also has a lower carbon footprint than gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, kerosene and ethanol, which is a big part of the reason it was added as a clean fuel to the Clean Air Act in 1990.
Propane is much more efficient than electricity when you look at the total energy consumed, including the energy consumed in the production, processing, extraction and transportation of the fuel to the point of use. Propane is 87% efficient and electricity is 32% efficient, based on this analysis.
For example, a tankless propane water heater can save upwards of $150 per year in energy costs compared with typical storage water heaters powered by electricity. Less energy used equals less environmental impact.
Also, with a high-efficiency clean-burning propane furnace, less than 10% of fuel is wasted in the combustion process, while more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to transmit and generate electricity is wasted.
Instead of filling your vehicle’s tank with gasoline, there may come a day when you’ll “fill ‘er up” with propane autogas.
Autogas is already powering buses, police cars, street cleaners and other vehicles in cities worldwide. Many businesses are also using propane to fuel their vehicles.
Propane’s lesser environmental impact is what makes this fuel a leading alternative for vehicles of all kinds. Since propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it creates fewer toxic emissions and burns cleaner. Some estimates show that converting a vehicle to propane autogas can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.
Propane has a higher octane level than gasoline, which can lessen that knocking sound you may hear sometimes and any potential damage from it. Your vehicle’s engine could even last longer with propane.
Propane—the green clean fuel energy source for your Tennessee home or business! Contact your local propane company to explore ways to expand your use of propane.