Why is Propane Considered “Green?”

Written on: March 7, 2022

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clean fuel options new yorkAround the country, including right here in the Finger Lakes Region, there is a movement underway to require homes to operate entirely on electricity for heating, water heating, cooking, and other appliances.

The misconception that electricity is the most ecologically friendly energy source is to blame. In reality, propane, which was named an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy, is better than electricity for the environment.

Environmental benefits of propane

When propane is used to create the same amount of energy, it produces far fewer greenhouse gases than electric power. More than 40% of the electricity produced in the United States comes from coal-fired generation plants. Electricity generation is the second greatest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., behind only transportation.

Propane is more energy-efficient than electricity in terms of the total amount of energy consumed (extraction, production, processing, and transportation to the point of usage). Propane is 87% efficient while electricity is a paltry 32% efficient.

Propane-fueled homes produce 30% less carbon dioxide and 50% less greenhouse gas emissions than comparable homes powered solely by electricity.

Using propane appliances such as heating systems and tankless water heaters allows you to have a smaller environmental impact than if you used comparable electric equipment, as propane appliances are more efficient and use less energy.

Propane: Working for a greener tomorrow

The demand for propane for residential usage has increased. This trend will endure as long as current real estate and residential construction trends go on.

In the housing market, propane-fueled residences have been gaining in popularity. Propane is more energy-efficient and offers amenities such as gas cooking, which appeal to homebuyers. People are replacing electric heating systems with propane ones to achieve greater comfort and save money on energy expenses.

Between now and 2025, the demand for propane in the United States is expected to reach 10 billion gallons each year. The propane industry will be able to satisfy this need while also providing a constant domestic energy source free of foreign imports or reliance on aging infrastructure.

The propane sector is committed to meet increasing demand while making propane even more environmentally beneficial and utilizing it to combat climate change.

The world’s energy future is being revolutionized by renewable energy. It allows us to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

Renewable propane is even more ecologically beneficial than traditional propane. It’s a by-product of renewable diesel manufacturing. Biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides are being utilized in Europe and the United States to develop methods for generating renewable propane.

Hometowne Energy provides expert propane appliance installation and service. Get in touch with us to add environmentally friendly propane appliances to your home!