Monthly Archives: March 2014

Propane Facts: Know the Gas You Own, Be Propane Savvy

In our last post, we mentioned 5 facts about propane safety.  In this post, we want to provide you with propane facts that will make you a smarter, savvier propane user.

And the best part is, you don’t have to be a chemist to make sense of these facts.  You don’t have to understand molar mass, molecular formulas, or chemical composition.  Because you’ll never be in a conversation that requires this knowledge (unless you’re a scientist), we’re only going to give you facts that can benefit you.

These facts will benefit your understanding of propane in the worldwide market, propane’s minimal environmental impact, and why propane is among the best sources of energy.

Propane Facts Useful for Market Awareness

  • Propane demand is greatest in the residential/commercial sector.
  • Market share is dominated by independent retailers like our propane supply company in PA.
  • Propane prices follow crude oil price trends.

Pie chart detailing different areas of propane demand.Pit chart of propane's market share.Chart displaying trends in propane prices vs. crude oil prices.

Propane Facts Useful for Sustainability (Source: Propane Education and Research Council)

  • Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than a gas. This means less transport, less emissions from transport vehicles, and a degree of efficiency that extends beyond propane’s clean burning traits.
  • Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence, and, as a result, is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels.
  • Per pound of fuel burned, coal emits more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide than propane.  To preserve the environment, people are switching from electricity to propane.

Propane Facts Useful for Winning Pro-Propane Debates

  • After the 2014 propane shortage and the subsequent price hikes, propane prices are showing signs of returning to normal.
  • Many states offer fuel tax incentives to encourage the use of clean fuels.  (Source: Propane Education and Research Council)
  • About 10 million families use propane to fuel their furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, outdoor grills, fire places, dryers, and ranges. (Source: Propane Education and Research Council)
  • 97% of propane comes from North America, of which, 90% percent of propane is produced in the United States.

Comparison chart of propane prices showing that prices are dropping.

Propane Facts: What You Need to Know for Propane Safety

At GasTec, we’re big on propane safety.  We also understand that everyone who uses propane doesn’t have time to research the gas.

But the fact remains, regardless if you have time to do your own research …

Propane safety is imperative.

For the safety of you, your family, your crew, and everyone else around you.

Propane – like all combustible gases – can be dangerous if you are a homeowner, worker, griller, driver, or any other type of person who uses propane.  Whether you’re a homeowner who uses propane for in-home heating or a landscaper who uses propane to power your lawnmower, not knowing about propane is downright dangerous.

So, to keep you safe, aware, and from doing painstaking research, we’re going to tell you the 5 most important things you need to know about propane safety.

Propane is:

  • Non-Toxic … it is not harmful to soil or groundwater
  • Freezing … it can cause frostbite if it contacts skin
  • Smelly … propane companies add an artificial scent to the gas that smells like rotten eggs
  • Detectable … propane gas detectors are available and highly recommended
  • 919-Safe it will not ignite when combined with air unless the ignition source is at least 920°

To learn more about propane safety, please view the What is Propane? presentation on UsePropane.com.