Why propane is the leader in green energy
America’s homes, businesses, and farms turn to propane because it’s economical and able to be used just about anywhere. Capable of powering everything from the smallest home appliances to huge agribusiness equipment, propane is arguably the world’s most versatile and reliable fuel source.
But we sometimes forget the many environmental benefits of this clean-burning fuel.
In rural America, those who live outside the natural gas mains primarily have two choices to power the appliances in their homes—propane and electricity. The benefits of pulling the plug, if you will, on electric appliances and switching to propane are well documented. Unlike electricity, there are no power interruptions with propane. A propane-fueled backup generator can even help keep your lights on and refrigerator running after a natural disaster. There are financial benefits as well. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners who heat water with propane rather than electricity can enjoy average annual savings of $175.
Looked at through an environmental lens, propane’s green attributes enable it stand head and shoulders above electricity. Here in the United States, approximately 50 percent of all electricity is produced by burning coal. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, propane produces 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent amount of electricity generated from the U.S. grid. Their research also shows that propane-fueled residential furnaces emit up to 50 percent fewer nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and 82 percent fewer sulfide oxide (SOx) emissions than electric furnaces.
As the chart on this page from the Department of Energy shows, propane emits far less carbon monoxide per million BTUs of energy than gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and coal. Bottom line, if performance, efficiency, and doing your part to improve the air our families and neighbors breathe matter, electrifying your home clearly isn't the way to go.
The world’s leading alternative fuel
Propane is also the world’s most widely used alternative vehicle fuel. Referred to as autogas, propane is helping those who manage public, private, and school district fleets save on fuel costs, improve engine life, and significantly reduce NOx and greenhouse gas emissions when compared to diesel and traditional gasoline.
Choose Ferrellgas for your propane needs
As one of the nation’s foremost providers of propane, Ferrellgas understands the unique responsibility we have in promoting a sustainable future. When it comes to propane, there’s not much this versatile fuel can’t do. Whether you need to fuel your home, business, farm, or fleet, get in touch with our experts by visiting your local office, or giving our Customer Service team a call today at 888-337-7355.