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Propane Vs. Natural Gas: What’s The Difference?

Which fuel is better for me?

natural gas vs propane maineIf you’re considering using gas-fired appliances in your home such as a furnace, water heater, or range, you may be wondering why this question is being asked. Gas is gas, right?

Propane offers several distinct advantages over natural gas, and it should be a prominent factor in choosing many key elements that make up your home. We’ll outline some for you here:

Dependable supply

In many consumer surveys, one of the reasons so many people prefer using propane gas for home heating and water heating is that they know they will always have propane when they need it.

That’s because your propane supply is stored in a tank on your property, so you’ll always have it right on-hand. Natural gas customers don’t enjoy security like that. Any time of year, there are reports of interruptions in natural gas service because of pipeline problems, caused by cold weather, accidents, or deterioration. When underground natural gas pipelines are damaged, hundreds and even thousands of customers may lose their supply until repairs are finished. You could be hours, or even days, without the gas you need to heat your home.

You may have even heard about Merrimack Valley gas explosions that occurred in 2018, which directly illustrate the severity of some of these issues.

With propane, the fuel itself gets compressed into a liquid, becoming what is called liquid petroleum gas (LPG), all of which gets stored inside large tanks until a local propane delivery company like PitStop Fuels delivers it to your home.

Liquid propane changes to gas before it leaves your propane tank. It gets released slowly and safely through pressure regulators, greatly reducing any safety risks for which natural gas cannot do the same.

Accessibility and flexibility

If you want natural gas in your home, you need to be in a neighborhood where there are natural gas lines. But with propane, you can enjoy all of the benefits of gas-fired heating, water heating, ranges, and more no matter where you live.

Natural gas is distributed through a large utility company, not a local delivery service like PitStop Fuels. With us, you can customize your service with features like automatic delivery, E-Z Pay budget plan, Autopay, and more! And you get prompt, courteous service. Try getting that level of service with a big utility!

Environmental friendliness

The main component of natural gas is methane, which is a greenhouse gas. Concerns have been raised about methane leaks from underground natural gas pipelines.

Propane, on the other hand, is not a greenhouse gas. In fact, because of its low carbon content, it has been named as an approved clean fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy.

And because all of our domestic propane supply is produced right here in North America, you are aiding America’s energy independence.

Become a PitStop Fuels customer today and enjoy safe, reliable propane delivery and service. In addition, PitStop Fuels installs propane tanks and sells, installs, maintains and repairs propane equipment and appliances for your home, including furnaces and boilers, water heaters, whole-house backup generators and space heaters. We sell and install fireplaces and hearths, too!