You probably know that propane is an amazingly versatile energy source. After all, it can not only heat your southern Maine home, it can also run water heaters, ranges, space heaters, hearths, fireplaces, clothes dryers, pool and spa heaters, and so much more.
But did you know that propane is also an environmentally friendly energy source, too? We’ve put together some information to show how propane is great for the environment as well as for your home so you can feel even better about the fuel you use.
For starters, propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the exact same amount of energy. The main reason is that more than 40% of the electricity used in the United States is produced by coal-fired power plants. Pollution from coal-fired power plants can lead to bigger issues like smog and acid rain. Combustion of propane, however, does not create nearly those levels of emissions, and in turn, none of those problems.
And, unlike gasoline, traditional heating oil, or diesel fuels, a propane spill doesn’t cause environmental damage. It simply dissipates into the air with no damage to the air, water, aquatic or marine life, soil, or plant life.
Using less energy is one of the best ways we can help protect the environment. Propane can do that!
When you tally up the total energy consumed (meaning the energy used in the extraction, processing, and transportation of a fuel to its point of use), propane leaves electricity in the dust. Using this analysis, propane is 87% efficient. Electricity, by comparison, is a mere 32% efficient.
Propane autogas is already powering buses, police cars, and other vehicles in cities around the world, including right here in New England. Many businesses are also using propane to fuel their vehicles.
Because propane has lower carbon content than petroleum products, it burns cleaner and creates fewer environmentally damaging emissions. Converting a vehicle to propane can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% compared to a traditional engine.
Contact us to learn more about what green, clean, versatile propane can do in your home or business.
If you’re looking for a fuel company you can trust in Cumberland or York County, you’re in luck! PitStop Fuels offers delivery of heating oil, kerosene and propane, as well as installation, service and repairs of home heating and home comfort equipment. We’ve been the go-to partners for residents and businesses alike since 1986! Check our searchable ZIP Code database to see if we serve your community!