Propane: An eco-friendly source of energy

propane eco-friendly home heatImagine if you could help the planet every time you turned on the heat, lit your grill, dried your clothes, or took a hot bath.

You could, if you convert your electric or heating oil-powered home comfort equipment to high efficiency propane appliances.

Here are a few ways that switching to propane appliances helps the planet:

  • It reduces emissions – Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy – primarily because coal-fired plants produce nearly 37 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan (an additional 26 percent of the electricity produced in Michigan is generated by burning natural gas, which is mostly methane – a gas that is more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.

    Propane has a lower carbon content than any fossil fuel, including fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol – a big part of the reason it was added to the Clean Air Act as a clean fuel in 1990. Propane is also a great fuel option for green homebuilders and developers: in fact, using propane can earn your project points toward LEED certification.

  • It’s super-efficient – Most propane equipment operates with energy efficiency ratings reaching into the upper 90s, which means you’ll need less fuel to keep your equipment running. And because propane can reach higher temperatures more efficiently than electricity, appliances use less of it to operate: a propane clothes dryer, for example, can dry your clothes in three quarters of the time it would take an electric dryer, while a propane water heater works twice as fast as comparable electric heater.
  • It makes use of unused materials – Propane is a by-product of natural gas and crude oil refining – which means it makes use of a material that would otherwise be discarded.

Propane – the clean, green home energy alternative! Contact us today to learn more about making the switch to propane in your Lansing-area home.

Lansing Ice & Fuel – your source for the most reliable propane deliveries in Ingham, Eaton, Shiawassee and Clinton Counties.