Why is Propane Gas Used as Fuel?

As one of the most energy and cost-efficient and cleanest burning sources of fuel currently available, propane gas has been used for decades to power a wide range of different types of vehicles, residential and commercial appliances, fireplaces, water heaters, boilers, and farming equipment.

Propane is frequently preferred as a fuel for a number of reasons including its efficiency, low cost, ease of transport, low environmental impact, and non-toxicity.

Propane is highly efficient as a fuel source and often costs less

Because of the fact that the vast majority of propane is mainly produced in America and its excellent efficiency, it frequently costs significantly less to use it compared to other types of fuel. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that powering water heaters and clothes dryers with propane instead of electricity can save up to 30% to 50% on annual energy costs.

Propane gas is easily stored and transported

Propane gas can easily be stored and transported. Because of its low boiling point, it can be transported in pressurized containers with a simple nozzle. The transportation of propane is safe and relatively simple compared to other fuels, so it is frequently used in rural areas or other locations that may not have access to natural gas pipelines.

Propane burns more cleanly than many other fuels

One of the most attractive benefits of propane is the fact that it burns significantly more cleanly than other types of fuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that propane using vehicles produced 50% fewer toxins and emissions than gasoline vehicles. It has been used as a vehicle fuel as early as 1913, and its use is continuing to expand due to the recent interest in low emission fuels.

Propane is safer and non-toxic

Propane is also non-toxic and so it is not harmful to water or soil if there is a tank leak, and it is not biologically active. Propane has a lower flammability than several other fuel sources including CNG, ethanol and methanol.

The tanks that are used to transport propane in the United States are also designed to be highly resistant to punctures and damage, and are often several times more damage resistant than other types of fuel tanks including ethanol, methanol and gasoline tanks.

Propane powered appliances often last longer

Propane appliances often last longer than their electric counterparts. Propane gas furnaces can last up to 20 years while electric heat pumps and furnaces often last between 10 to 14 years before requiring a replacement.

Tankless propane gas powered water heaters are up to 83 to 94% energy efficient and cost up to 60% less to operate per year compared to traditional electric water heaters. They also last for up to 20 years while many electric water heaters break down after 10 to 12 years.

This same trend is seen across most other types of propane appliances and equipment compared to electric devices, and the differences are often significant. In general, propane is frequently preferred when there is a choice between using it and other energy sources as a result of the many benefits mentioned above.