Propane: The Green, Green Gas of Home
You probably know that propane is versatile enough to power just about any appliance in your Finger Lakes area home – but did you know it was one of the greenest fuels around, too?
Here are three big reasons why using propane benefits the environment.
- It reduces emissions – Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy – primarily because more than 40 percent of the electricity used in the US is produced by coal-fired plants. Propane has a lower carbon content than fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol – a big part of the reason it is recognized by the 1990 Clean Air Act as a clean fuel.
Propane is also a great fuel option for eco-conscious home builders and developers: in fact, using propane can earn your project points toward LEED certification (in LEED v4, commercial building projects can earn up to 28 points for propane installations, thanks mostly to its Energy and Atmosphere provisions).
- It improves efficiency – Propane-powered appliances are typically much more efficient than electric models of similar size and output. A tankless propane water heater, for example, can save up to 50 percent on energy costs compared to electric systems, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Less energy used equals less environmental impact.
- It is non-toxic and non-pooling – Propane is not toxic and does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak (contrast that with heating oil, one gallon of which can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water). With propane, there are no risks for long-term damage to your home or property if a leak occurs – unlike with heating oil, which can require costly remediation.
In short, if you’re looking for an efficient fuel that shrinks your carbon footprint and keeps your family warm all winter long, propane is a great choice – and if you need a reliable supplier for that propane anywhere in our service area, Ehrhart is the choice.
Propane – the clean, green fuel alternative! Contact us today to learn more about making the switch in your home!