Over nearly a century of serving North Carolina families, we’ve seen a lot of changes in how people heat their homes and power their appliances. One significant trend we’ve seen is the emergence of propane as a go-to home energy source. Much of this movement toward propane is driven by a desire by homeowners to improve their household’s environmental impact.
Conventional propane, a natural coproduct of natural gas and oil production, is already green, and scientific advances are making it even greener.
A carbon intensity score tells you how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is generated to produce a given amount of energy. Conventional propane’s carbon intensity (CI) is lower than gasoline, diesel, heating oil and even North Carolina’s grid electricity, which relies heavily on coal and natural gas.
Conventional propane contains no methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is over 80 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20-year period. Additionally, conventional propane contains virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.
It’s little surprise, then, that propane has been listed as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Today’s propane-fired equipment is exceptionally efficient, so you don’t need to use as much energy to stay comfortable. One major factor is the heat generation you get with propane. One gallon of propane produces 91,452 Btu of heat energy. To get the same amount of usable energy from propane, you’d need roughly 27 kilowatt hours of electricity.
Today’s propane heating equipment boasts energy efficiency ratings of up to 98%. High-efficiency propane water heaters, when new and properly sized, can heat water about twice as fast as electric models. Tankless water heaters generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand while using even less energy. Finally, propane clothes dryers typically have shorter drying cycles than electric products.
The future of propane is even more eco-friendly and sustainable. One of the most exciting alternative fuels that propane-powered households will soon enjoy is renewable propane.
Renewable propane is chemically identical to conventional propane. You won’t need to modify your equipment to use it. Similar to biodiesel, renewable propane is made from organic and recycled feedstocks like used cooking oil, animal fats, woody biomass, municipal waste and plant oils. The result is a fuel with a much lower emissions impact.
Renewable propane derived from domestic, non-rendered, used cooking oil has a typical carbon intensity score that is roughly one-quarter that of conventional propane — and 18% of the carbon intensity of North Carolina’s average grid electricity. Research happening now promises to take that carbon impact even lower.
Renewable propane isn’t widely used in homes yet, but its production is steadily increasing. We believe it will soon be an integral part of how Americans power their home comfort systems and appliances.
If you need propane for your home in Fuquay-Varina or elsewhere in the Tar Heel State, reach out to LG Jordan Oil & Gas. Our free automatic delivery service is the best way to ensure you always have the propane you need.
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