Propane can do that: Eight important propane facts
Mention the word “propane” to some people and they’ll immediately think of RVs and barbecues – but there’s much more to propane than cookouts and camping.
The truth is, propane is one of the most powerful, versatile, and efficient ways to power appliances both inside and outside your Ingham, Eaton, Shiawassee or Clinton County home or business.
Here are eight facts you might not know about this clean, green fuel:
- Propane can efficiently power just about any home appliance – from boilers and furnaces to water heaters, spas, hearths, and more.
- Propane gas emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity, which is often produced by burning coal; in fact, propane exceeds the requirements for clean fuel regulations – a key reason why propane was included in the EPA’s 1990 expansion to the Clean Air Act.
- Propane gas doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a propane tank leak.
- Propane furnaces and water heaters can reach efficiencies as high as 98 percent, making them the most efficient options available today.
- A whole-house propane backup generator can power your lights, refrigerator, home security system, sump pump, and other equipment to protect your family and property during a power outage. Propane is the best choice to power backup generators for both home and commercial use, since it will not deteriorate over time (like gasoline) or gel up in winter (like diesel).
- A propane cooking range enables temperature control that is much more precise than an electric cook top or stove – a big reason why most professional chefs cook with gas.
- A propane clothes dryer generates less static than electric units, which means less wear and tear on your laundry.
- More than 90 percent of the propane used in the U.S. is produced domestically; most of the rest is produced in Canada.