What is Propane: Propane is produced as a by-product of two other processes, natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Most propane used in the United States is produced domestically. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected.
Propane Use: The residential use of propane accounts for almost 75% of propane use. More than 14 million households use propane to fuel their furnaces, water heaters, outdoor grills, fire places, dryers and range tops. The use of propane both residentially and commercially is on the rise, especially with new technologies such as tankless water heaters, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, and power generators. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, consumers could pay twice as much to operate their range, water heater, dryer or furnace with electricity than they would with propane gas. Propane has been considered a better value and more cost effective when compared to electricity.
Propane and the Environment: Propane users are helping to reduce ozone depletion because of propane's ability to replace chlorofluorocarbon and hydro fluorocarbon refrigerants. Propane is an environmentally friendly fuel. It is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence, and as a result Is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels.