Propane sometimes has a false reputation as being non-environmentally friendly. In reality, propane is a clean-burning fuel that is much different from other fossil fuels and natural gas. That means that propane is a good candidate for those trying to adopt a greener lifestyle. Here are the facts you need to know.
What exactly is propane?
Propane is a fossil fuel that is made of components from two other forms of fossil fuels: natural gas and crude oil. It burns cleaner than diesel or gasoline. Many people are most familiar with propane through its use in gas grills, but it is also a great choice for home heating and is widely used for industrial purposes and in trucking and other commercial vehicles. Propane can effectively be used in cars as well, but there is not a large enough infrastructure to support car propane fill-ups in the US.
What are the environmental impacts?
Propane is considered to be a clean-burning fuel, thanks to its low levels of carbon. Although it does produce some waste when burned, it is much lower than other fuels that are traditionally used in homes and vehicles, and switching to propane from a fuel that doesn’t burn as cleanly could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Why is propane better than electricity?
It is sometimes said that electricity is more environmentally friendly than propane because electricity doesn’t create any gasses when burning. However, it is important to note that, as a secondary energy source, a large amount of electricity is produced by burning coal. For this reason, propane is often a greener source of power.
You can learn more about incorporating propane into your green lifestyle by calling Barnett’s Propane. Learn more about propane delivery and installation in Tucson by calling (520) 628-8525 or (520) 458-4541 in Sierra Vista.