Propane — also known as liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG —is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless; a distinctive odor is added so it can be detected.
Propane is mostly a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, though some propane is produced from crude oil refinement. U.S. propane supplies are becoming increasingly abundant due largely to increased natural gas supplies.
Environmentally-Friendly. Propane stands out as a low-carbon fuel choice, releasing significantly fewer emissions when compared to the same amount of electricity produced by the U.S. grid.
In addition to these environmentally friendly properties, advancements in renewable propane production are underway. This includes sourcing propane from plant and vegetable oils, animal fats, and used cooking oil, resulting in a carbon-neutral fuel that emits no new carbon into the atmosphere during combustion.
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Lower emissions. Propane is more than just a clean and efficient source of energy. It is a lifesaver, powering critical operations that keep our communities running smoothly. From keeping the lights on in our homes to ensuring our hospitals and fire stations can operate even during power outages, propane is essential to our daily lives. And the best part? Using propane means we can enjoy all these benefits while reducing our impact on the environment. Compared to electricity generated from the grid, propane produces a staggering 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions. So not only are we powering our lives, we're also doing our part to preserve the planet for future generations. Join the millions of Americans who have already made the switch to propane and start enjoying a cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable future today.
According to the Propane Education & Research Council, propane, when released into the air, propane vaporizes and dissipates — which means it won’t contaminate groundwater, drinking water, marine ecosystems, or other sensitive habitats. When vaporized, propane dissipates quickly, producing minimal to virtually no ozone-harming effects, and it is not a greenhouse gas in its un-combusted state.
Due to its low emissions, schools across the country are switching their school buses to cleaner-burning propane autogas. In fact, new propane-powered school buses emit up to 96% less NOx than diesel buses and virtually no particulate matter. Each day in the United States, propane plays a critical role in transporting 1.3 million children to school each day. Texas leads the nation with over 70 school districts and over 3,000 propane-powered school buses.
Safe. Propane has one of the lowest flammability ranges of other fossil fuels, and propane tanks are made of thick, high-quality steel, which is durable and 20X more puncture resistant than other fuel tanks. Propane tanks are also coated with a special rust-resistant material to prevent corrosion and ensure longevity.
Under pressure, propane tanks are under 250 psi, while scuba tanks are 2,900 - 4,400 psi, that's more than 10X the pressure of a propane tank, and people scuba dive every day. Propane tanks are equipped with many safety features including relief valves that release excess pressure if the tank becomes over-pressurized.
All in all, propane is abundant, domestic, clean, environmentally-friendly and safe energy source.