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Check the Facts and Warm Up to Propane

Millions of homeowners who cook outdoors use propane grills because they heat faster than charcoal and release less harmful air pollutants. Beyond the grill, propane is making a difference today by providing a cleaner and more efficient alternative energy choice to fuel buses, police cars, taxis, delivery trucks, and vans. Propane is also used in homes, in businesses, and on farms for space and water heating, cooking, and power generation.

  • Propane is a clean, highly efficient, versatile, nontoxic fuel that is available now.
  • With a nationwide distribution system and infrastructure already in place, propane is readily available wherever you live or work.
  • Nearly 97 percent of U.S. propane supplies are produced in North America, providing an opportunity to decrease dependence on foreign oil.
  • Propane is a low-carbon alternative energy source that has multiple applications. Implementing the use of propane in residential, engine fuel, and commercial uses will help the U.S. meet state and federal goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Residential Use

Propane is a low-carbon fuel that many Americans use in their backyard grills. But across the country, propane is helping us do a lot more than grill burgers. It’s already on the job moving people and goods; it’s at work in factories and on farms; it’s heating our homes and water, and helping us cook, clean, and live more comfortably.

Propane makes all these things possible, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smog-producing pollutants, improving air quality and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Look at the facts:

  • Nearly five million U.S. households already rely on propane for home heating and 3 million use propane for residential water heating.
  • Propane-fueled water heaters produce 52 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric models.
  • Propane-fueled tankless water heaters produce 61 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric tankless models.
  • Propane tankless water heaters can cost up to 60 percent less to operate than electric models.
  • Propane furnaces emit nearly 37 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than fuel oil furnaces.

Propane vs. Fuel Oil

Fuel oil is adequate for supplying heat, but, unlike propane, it cannot power certain appliances such as ranges or dryers. Fuel oil furnaces and water heaters are not as efficient as propane models. In many instances, hot water is derived from a fuel oil fired furnace, requiring the furnace to run and wasting even more energy. Their burner nozzles get clogged very easily and need frequent maintenance.  While propane is clean burning, fuel oil produces soot and other contaminants.

Contact a Lorden Consultant today to learn just how easy it is to switch to clean, efficient, economical Propane before the cold weather sets in and the snow starts to fly.