Propane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a gas normally compressed and stored as a liquid. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. An identifying odor is added so it can be detected. Propane is commonly used for space heating, water heating, and cooking in a household. For businesses, it’s used as fuel for engine applications such as forklifts, farm irrigation engines, fleet vehicles, and buses, however, its applications are rapidly growing due to new technology developments. Propane is the 3rd most widely used energy source in the United States by the number of households, behind only electricity and natural gas. However, cleaner and renewable energy, like propane, powers decarbonization.
The Emissions Advantage
Propane can drastically reduce your home’s monthly energy bills. When it comes to businesses, propane not only makes your business greener, it also can reduce fuel costs from 30-50%.
Propane stove ranges reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Propane gives off 83% less Sox emissions compared to electric.
Propane water heaters reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Compared to electric, NOx emissions are reduced by 25%.
Propane dryers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% compared to electric.
Propane irrigation engines and propane furnaces reduce sulfur oxide (Sox), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and greenhouse gas emissions.
Reliable, Affordable, American Energy
For millions of Americans every day, propane continues to deliver what is most important to customers choosing their energy: reliability. Even during extreme weather and natural disasters, propane reliably heats and powers homes, businesses, and farms independent of the electric grid.
The price of propane is complex, fluctuating alongside other commodities and with seasonal demand. You can be sure the price of propane will generally be lower than other energy sources.
Propane production keeps quality jobs in our country. America produces more than enough propane to meet demand. In fact, the U.S. is propane’s leading producer. As of 2018, over 97,000 workers across the U.S. are employed in propane trade, wholesale, and sales. If you're looking for a job that takes you places and makes an impact for customers, learn more about joining the industry.
One fuel source can power just about every appliance in your home. Propane fuels your furnace, heats up your stove, laundry dryer and hot water heater. You can also heat your pool, and outdoor grill. In addition, with well-maintained equipment, you’ll burn propane with up to 95% efficiency. The best you could hope to get with fuel oil is about 85% to 90% efficiency.
Propane is inexpensive compared to home heating oil, electricity and other forms of energy, when comparing price to thermal output.
Burning propane produces less particulate matter, and significantly less volatile organic compounds including carcinogens. In addition, when it’s exposed to air, it turns into a gas, so propane will not pollute soil or groundwater if it spills.
The Heller’s Gas Difference
For over 80 years, Heller’s Gas has been continually investing in cutting edge products and service that put us a step above the rest. Our team also fuels our success from our field personnel to our customer care specialists, each and every Heller’s Gas team member is here to work together toward accomplishing common goals.