Facts about Propane
Propane is one of the nation’s most versatile sources of energy and supplies 3 to 4 percent of our total energy needs. Nearly 11 billion gallons of propane are consumed annually in the U.S. in homes, on farms, for vehicles, and for recreation.
People trust and rely on propane for heating their homes, heating water, cooking, drying clothes, barbecuing and fueling their gas fireplaces. This exceptional fuel is available anywhere in the U.S. and burns cleanly, so it’s environmentally friendly.
Propane is an excellent fuel source for:
- Heating hot water
- Drying clothes
- Heating pools
Propane Conservation Tips
Around the Home
- Residential heating systems need regular tune-ups. Contact your local propane supplier to inquire about a home-heating system inspection program.
- Change your furnace filter monthly.
- Clean filters will save you money on your heating bill.
- Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that can save money by lowering your home’s temperature when you are not at home.
- Protect against drafts around windows and doors by caulking and weather-stripping.
- When purchasing a fireplace, consider one fueled by propane. Propane fireplaces burn more efficiently than wood-burning models and distribute heat more evenly throughout the room.
- Save more than 10% on your water-heating bill by turning down your water heater from the standard 140 degrees to 130 degrees.
- To extend your water heater’s life and increase energy efficiency, drain it every six months to remove lime deposits and sediment.
- Install flow-restricting shower heads to reduce hot water usage by up to 50% without affecting shower pressure.
- Repair leaky faucets – a leak that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes wastes 3,200 gallons of water a year.
- Gas ranges with electronic ignition systems use 40% less energy than a standing pilot system.
- Be sure that all burners are burning with a blue, cone-shaped flame. A yellow flame indicates clogged air inlets or burners that need adjustment. Contact your propane supplier’s service department immediately if you do not see a blue flame.
- Check the seal on your oven door for gaps or tears that let heat escape and waste energy.
For more useful propane facts you may visit the following web sites:
Propane Gas Association of New England
The Propane Gas Association of New England, Inc. (PGANE) represents reputable gas dealers throughout New England.
National Propane Gas Association
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association representing the propane industry which serves the sixty million Americans who choose propane as their energy source.