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.