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When you see the word “propane” you might immediately think of Hank Hill, the slow-talking propane salesman of King of the Hill. But beyond one of America’s favorite cartoons, propane is actually an incredibly useful source of energy for the home.
If you’ve been wondering if it’s time to hop aboard the propane train, this article should help you decide. Read on to discover the key advantages of propane in the home, and why the time to switch is now.
Propane Is a Safe Energy Source
Any energy source can have its safety issues, but overall propane is one of the safest. This is in part because of the strict regulations that come from the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Propane tanks are generally buried far below the ground, and are extremely puncture resistant, more so than gasoline and ethanol. Propane also has an added odorant that resembles rotten eggs to help you easily detect even a small leak.
Propane Is Environmentally Friendly
As far as fossil fuels go, propane is the most environmentally friendly. Propane was listed as a clean alternative fuel in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Because propane is released as a gas, it doesn’t contaminate soil or groundwater. When used as a fuel alternative in vehicles, propane produces minimal emissions. Propane exhaust creates significantly less smog-producing carbon than vehicles running on gasoline.
While water and air power are still the most environmentally friendly, they aren’t always a realistic power source for your home. Propane is, and it’s significantly better than other fossil fuels.
Propane Is Convenient
Propane is extremely easy to purchase, store, install, and refill.
Smaller tanks such as those used for grills and RVs can be stored at your home and last up to 40 years. Larger systems, such as those used to power your water heater or large appliance, can be refilled with a simple phone call.
It’s simple to learn how to tell if home propane tank is empty. And once it is, you can have propane delivered to you. How easy is that?
Money Saving Advantages of Propane
This is the one you’ve been waiting for. I know we’re all looking to save a little money, and yes, propane will do just that.
Virtually anything in your home or business can be powered with propane instead of electricity. Propane is much more energy efficient, which will save you money.
Using propane to heat your water can save you up to 30 percent a year over electricity. Major appliances like washers and dryers run around 50 percent more efficiently than their electric counterparts.
Propane is also fairly inexpensive to install, meaning you’ll see your savings quickly.
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