Propane is a common fuel that has been around for years, but many people are still blind to its benefits at home. As the green movement gained steam over the past few years, more people are realizing that propane is an excellent green fuel anyone can use at home in a variety of appliances and applications. Propane is a clean, versatile, efficient, green, and safe fuel to store and use at home. Here are just a few of the ways you can use propane at home to make your life more environmentally friendly while reaping the benefits of a safe and clean fuel.
General Benefits of Propane
Propane has a few benefits and advantages over other fuel types, including electricity. Electricity is roughly twice the price of propane even though propane models of appliances cost more than the often default electricity-based models. Once you make it past the higher buy-in price, propane uses less energy than other models to accomplish the same tasks. There is always some worry about the fuels we rely on running out someday as most of the world’s resources are finite, but we don’t have that worry with propane. Roughly 90% of the propane used in the United States was made in the United States from natural gas and petroleum. As the world moves away from gasoline, propane will only become more available and take a larger market share. Getting propane is no issue, and it will not become an issue in the future, but it is also safe to store for long periods of time. Thousands of miles of propane pipelines across the US safely move the fuel in liquid form, and residential propane tanks can last up to 40 years. When you use propane, it releases gas that doesn’t leave residue or spill to pollute groundwater. Propane exhaust produces up to 70% less smog than other gasses and makes it a clean, cheap, and readily available fuel.
Indoor Uses For Propane
You can use propane to power a slew of different appliances and features at home, both indoors and outside. Propane water heaters, laundry machines, cooking appliances, and indoor heating systems are all typical implementations of propane that fit in a traditional home. Indoor heating systems include gas fireplaces, smaller space heaters, and boiler or furnace systems. These systems are not lightweight or straightforward upgrades if you have a non-propane model appliance, but the upgrade headache can be worth it in the long term. You will enjoy the reduced energy usage, greener household footprint, and reduced dependency on electricity once you make it past the initial investment cost of switching to propane-fueled appliances.
Outdoor Uses For Propane
Propane continues flexing its versatility as a fuel by also working in various outdoor appliances and situations. You can use propane to heat your pool or hot tub during the colder months without paying an insane electricity bill. You don’t have to settle for a cold hot tub in winter when you can use propane to heat it for less than standard electricity. You can also use propane to fuel outdoor grills, firepits, space heaters, insect traps, outdoor kitchens, lighting, and more. Instead of running cables and wires to power your various outdoor devices, use portable propane tanks to fuel your outdoor retreat. Grills and fire pits are the most common outdoor appliances to power with propane as switching out the tanks is as easy as opening a door, unhooking a valve, and swapping in a fresh tank. Portable tanks are easy to refill at most major gas stations as well, so you never have to go far to refill your propane.
Propane is not a new invention, and the fuel has been around for years at this point, but we are only now seeing people recognize propane’s potential on a broader scale. You can use propane in a wide variety of situations within your house, both indoors and outside. Switching from non-propane models of appliances to propane compliant models might not be cheap, but you will enjoy the benefits after the initial investment. Outdoor appliances often use portable and replaceable propane tanks, so you don’t need to run a new gas line and can easily refill tanks at gas stations. Propane is almost too beneficial and foot proof not to take advantage of, it just takes planning ahead of time to make the switch.