Written on: March 16, 2021
There are many reasons that propane is listed as an alternative fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Here are some of the ways that clean-burning, energy-efficient propane is the right choice for your home and the environment.
Did you know that propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy?
The reason behind that is that more than 40% of the electricity used in the United States is produced by coal-fired power plants. Pollution from coal-fired power plants leads to potential hazards like smog and acid rain. Electricity production is the second-highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, behind only transportation.
The combustion of propane does not create those levels of emissions—therefore eliminating any cause those problems.
There’s another way propane has a lower environmental impact than other fuels. In the rare event of a leak, propane simply dissipates into the air. It does not harm air, water, soil, plant life, marine life, or aquatic life. Gasoline, diesel, and heating oil can’t say anything remotely close to that.
When you add up total energy consumed—meaning the energy used in the extraction, processing, and transportation of fuel to its point of use—propane stands tall above the rest. When using this analysis, propane is considered 87% efficient. For comparison’s sake, electricity is a paltry 32% efficient.
For home heating, propane is far and away more energy efficient than electric counterparts such as heat pumps. It gets air warmer in a shorter amount of time than electricity, meaning a propane furnace doesn’t have to cycle on as frequently or run as long to maintain your ideal temperature.
Propane autogas is already powering buses, police cars, and other vehicles in cities around the world, including right here in Texas and New Mexico. Many businesses use autogas for their fleet vehicles, construction and paving equipment, farm vehicles and equipment, and so much more.
Because propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it burns cleaner and creates fewer environmentally damaging emissions. Converting a vehicle to propane can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90%!
From Central New Mexico through South Texas and into the Gulf Coast, Pico Propane & Fuels gives customers the safe, reliable propane delivery they depend on. Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your home or business!