Propane’s Environmental Benefits As An Energy Source

Written on: May 10, 2021

Discover How Using Propane Helps The Planet!

propane eco-friendly wisconsinWhen it comes to environmental friendliness that also provides outstanding power, propane can’t be beat!

Here are just some of the ways using propane can help the environment.

Propane Has A Smaller Environmental Impact Than Electricity

In many parts of the country, there has been a push to make homes go all-electric for everything from heating and water heating to cooking. This push is based on the false idea that electricity is better for the environment than propane.

It’s actually the other way around! Propane emits fewer than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. That’s because more than 40% of the electricity used in the United States is produced by coal-fired power plants. Pollution from coal-fired power plants leads to potential hazards like smog and acid rain. Electricity production is the second-highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, behind only transportation.

The combustion of propane does not create those levels of emissions—therefore eliminating any cause of those problems.

Propane also has a lower environmental impact in the rare event of a leak. When that happens, propane simply dissipates into the air. It does not harm air, water, soil, plant life, or aquatic life. That’s not true of gasoline, diesel, and heating oil!

Propane’s Efficiency Is Good For The Earth

Propane is much more efficient than electricity when evaluating the total energy consumed (this includes the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing, and transportation of the fuel to the point of use). With this analysis, propane is 87% efficient while electricity is a paltry 32% efficient.

Using a propane tankless water heater can save more than $150 per year in energy costs compared with typical electric storage water heaters. Less energy used means there’s less environmental impact.
With a clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of it is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.

Autogas: The Fuel Of The Future

Boehlke Bottled Gas helps businesses, municipalities, and school districts convert to clean-burning propane autogas. Autogas can power police cars, school buses, farm vehicles and equipment, construction and paving equipment, fleet vehicles like shuttle buses and service vans, and more!

What makes propane a leading alternative fuel for vehicles of all kinds is its smaller environmental impact. Since propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it burns cleaner and creates fewer toxic emissions. Some estimates are that converting a vehicle to propane can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent.

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