Why is Propane Considered “Green?”

Posted: March 7, 2022

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alternative energy maineAround the country, including right here in Maine, there are efforts to convert homes to go all-electric for heating, water heating, cooking, and other uses.

Behind these efforts is a false belief that electricity is the most environmentally friendly energy choice. In fact, propane, which is named as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy, is much better for the environment.

Environmental benefits of propane by the numbers

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. In the United States, coal-generated electricity is the second greatest source of greenhouse gases behind 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 meager 32% efficient.

Homes that use propane have 30% lower carbon dioxide emissions and 50% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional homes.

Propane appliances such as heating systems and tankless water heaters have a smaller ecological impact than comparable electric devices since they use less energy.

Propane: Creating a greener future

The demand for propane for household usage has been on the rise. This pattern will continue as long as the current real estate and residential construction booms continue. Propane-fueled homes have been becoming increasingly popular in the housing market. Propane gas is a popular alternative to electricity because it is more energy-efficient and offers features such as gas cooking. People are swapping out their electric heating systems with propane ones to achieve greater comfort and save money on energy expenses.

By 2025, demand for propane in the United States will reach 10 billion gallons every year. The propane industry will be able to meet that need while also providing a consistent domestic energy supply free of foreign imports and worries about utility infrastructure deterioration.

The propane industry is focused on not only meeting the rising demand for propane, but also on making it more environmentally friendly and using it in the effort to combat climate change.

Renewable energy is dramatically altering the future of energy and the planet. It allows us to become less reliant on obtaining fuel from the earth, such as oil or natural gas drilling.

Renewable propane is even more ecologically beneficial than standard propane. It’s a by-product of the renewable diesel process. In Europe and the United States, biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides are being used to perfect techniques for generating renewable propane.

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