Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-Gas or LPG. Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining. It is nontoxic, colorless and virtually odorless. An identifying odor (Mercaptan)is added so the gas can be readily detected.
Propane Saves Money
Propane appliances are energy efficient and can cut your energy costs. Everyone wants to save money; propane will help you do it. Overall, propane fuel (AutoGas) for vehicles typically costs less than conventional or reformulated gasoline.
Propane is Extremely Versatile
Performance is the number one reason most people choose propane. After all, it can efficiently and effectively meet nearly all of your home’s major energy needs, inside and out, from space heating and water heating to outdoor lighting and fire pits. Time after time, propane has been found to outperform other fuels in terms of efficiency and power.
Propane is used by millions of people in many different settings – in the home, on the road, on the farm, and at work.
- Propane is used in 48 million households as well as many businesses for water and space heating, indoor and outdoor cooking, clothes drying, and backup power.
- Propane AutoGas is an approved clean alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the third most popular vehicle fuel worldwide behind gasoline and diesel.
- Propane is commonly used to fuel school buses, light- and medium-duty trucks, vans, shuttles, taxicabs, and police and government vehicles.
- Landscape contractors trust propane to stand up to the toughest jobs daily. Sixteen of the top mower brands offer propane-powered options.
- Nearly 900,000 farms in the United States use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops.
- Propane is easy to transport and can be used in areas where natural gas is not available (or otherwise known as – beyond the natural gas mains). Because it is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas, it is economical to store and transport as a liquid.
Propane is Readily Available
The United States is the world’s leading producer and exporter of propane. That means it’s abundantly available. It’s portable, too, which means it can be used virtually anywhere, including areas beyond the reach of natural gas.