As an energy source and heating alternative, propane is clearly a superior fuel in a number of respects. Not only does propane burn cleaner than other fuels, but it is also less expensive than heating with, say, heating oil. And though it isn't necessarily as cost effective as natural gas or electricity, propane is the ideal fuel source for those looking to protect the environment (or at the very least avoid contributing to its degradation), and minimize their carbon footprint. Propane is also the fuel of choice for those who value 'buying American'. This article outlines exactly how propane is a cleaner fuel, as well as some of its lesser known advantages.
How It's Cleaner
As one of the clean fuels listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992, it's unclear why propane has yet to become the dominant energy source in the United States. Nonetheless, it was listed in such legislation because it not only emits less carbon into the atmosphere when burnt, but also because the emissions that occur during the production process are far less than those of comparable fuels.
Furthermore, it is important to understand that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas, a gas that is essentially capable of absorbing infrared heat and contributing to overall global warming. Conversely, the production and consumption of coal have long been recognized as creators of greenhouse gases. In 2012, for instance, nearly 25% of worldwide carbon monoxide emissions into the atmosphere were due to coal combustion.
A Few Lesser Known Benefits
As a source of heating fuel, propane may actually be the preferred choice for those who value quantity over savings. That's because propane water heaters can actually recover nearly three times as fast as electric water heaters. A water heater's recovery time is the amount of time it takes it to replenish the reservoir with hot water after it's been depleted. What's more, it's well established that propane heaters can actually provide hotter temperatures than electric heaters can.
As an added bonus, those individuals who can appreciate supporting the national economy by buying American will be happy to learn that nearly 90% of the propane used here in the United States is produced domestically.
Overall, propane has plenty of benefits as a fuel source. Though it isn't the cheapest alternative, it is neither the most expensive, and in the end it may depend on where you reside when it comes right down to whether or not it is a cheaper fuel source than natural gas or electricity. Still, there is no disputing that it is by far the cleanest and safest heating fuel available today, as well as the best way to support domestic energy production.Share
9 February 2015
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