Many people erroneously assume that electricity is the most environmentally friendly energy source while gases like propane are labeled as air pollutants. In reality, generating electricity usually requires the burning of coal, which emits 68% more greenhouse emissions than burning propane. Furthermore, propane is much more efficient at heating homes than electric power. If you want to save the environment while saving money at the same time, making the switch to propane is a no-brainer; however, there are more benefits to heating with propane than just environmental and economic costs.
Electricity itself technically produces no emissions, but the process through which electricity is created releases dozens of contaminants into the air. In contrast, propane is recognized by the EPA as a clean burning fossil fuel, which makes the gas a popular fuel source for indoor equipment like forklifts. The primary emissions of propane are water vapor and carbon dioxide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration website can tell you everything you need to know about propane.
The Perks of Propane
Propane is less expensive: Propane water heaters recover water 200% faster than their electric counterparts, and propane furnaces can outlast electric heating pumps by five to ten years.
Propane keeps your home warmer: Propane furnaces can reach temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and release heat in brief intervals to control operating costs. Most electric pumps cannot even reach the average body temperature of 98 degrees.
Propane is safer for people and the environment: The National Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the Clean Air Act of 1990 both recognize propane as a clean alternative fuel source. Because it is stored in gas form, propane leaks do not pool to pollute the ground and water. Propane’s ignition point in open air is 940 degrees Fahrenheit, so dangerous mishaps are virtually impossible.
Propane is dependable: Since propane is stored onsite rather than delivered via wires from a power plant, propane users are unaffected by power outages from downed power lines. This can be a literal lifesaver during the cold winter months.
Expanding on our 115 year history of impeccable energy service, Dupuis Oil now supplies and services propane heating systems for MA and RI residents. Our power plans come with 24/7 customer support, and we can respond to problems much faster than large electric companies. Automatic fuel delivery, guaranteed price protection and flexible payment options make Dupuis Oil the chief provider of propane in the northeastern U.S. If you’re ready to liberate yourself from coal consuming electric companies, contact us at Dupuis Oil to make the switch to propane power today.