Written on: February 23, 2022
While you might not immediately think of propane as a “green” fuel, it absolutely is.
If you look at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 1992 National Energy Policy, propane is listed as an alternative fuel right alongside options like biodiesel and hydrogen power. Even families that heat their homes and power their appliances with propane don’t always know how clean burning and energy efficient it is.
As communities across the world grapple with how to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, propane is an integral part of any balanced, effective strategy.
This is why propane is a green fuel source.
To begin, propane is 90% efficient, meaning that when your furnace or boiler burns propane, very little heat energy escapes through your chimney into the atmosphere. This level of efficiency far outpaces many other fuels.
The emissions that do escape when propane burns are also much cleaner. Propane contains virtually no particulate matter (a known carcinogen). It releases significantly less carbon dioxide, 50 percent less nitrogen oxide, and 82 percent less sulfur oxide.
What does all of this mean for homeowners in western Connecticut?
If your heating and appliances burn propane, your home likely has a much smaller carbon footprint.
Not only are you using a cleaner-burning fuel, but also its efficiency means that you don’t have to use as much of it!
The average propane-fired furnace keeps a U.S. home 20°F warmer than an electric heat pump. In addition, propane water heaters generally cost 30% less to operate than electric ones (or 60% less for tankless propane water heaters).
This is good for the planet and leads to lower energy bills. Talk about a win-win!
Today, researchers are working towards fully renewable propane that is molecularly identical but made with animal oils, plant oils, biomass and other triglycerides. This 100% renewable product is carbon neutral, meaning zero new carbon is added to the atmosphere!
At Seymour Oil & Propane, we are proud to deliver efficient, sustainable propane to families throughout the Constitution State.
If you’re looking for a more reliable fuel provider for your propane-powered home, join our family of customers today!