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Four Reasons to Consider Propane over Natural Gas

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While natural gas has historically been the default fuel for heating homes and powering appliances, Propane has quickly been gaining in popularity. In some cases, natural gas isn’t an option because the natural gas pipeline does not run in some areas outside the city limits. In these instances, most people are choosing propane because of it’s similarities to natural gas. But as similar as propane and natural gas can be, there are also significant differences. If both are available in your area, we would encourage you to look at the pros and cons of both to determine which fuel is the best choice for your home.

Here are four advantages

  1. Efficiency

    Propane contains more than twice the energy of natural gas as measured in BTU’s. This means that on a per unit basis, you will get two times as much heat from propane as you will natural gas, which results in using less fuel.

  2. Environmentally 

    Propane is clean burning and non-toxic or damaging to the environment, which makes it a “green fuel”. Natural gas is a carbon product and a greenhouse gas which is very damaging to the environment. Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Choose Propane.

  3. Versatility

    Like natural gas, propane can be used for all appliances. These include cook tops, clothes dryers, fire places, barbecues, and even for heating your backyard swimming pool. However, the argument for propane here circles back to the BTU’s and efficiency. Since Propane has twice as high of a BTU rating, it provides higher heat. This makes propane better for cooking, barbecuing, and running all your appliances more efficiently.

  4. Flexibility

    This day and age, people are wanting more and more control over their own energy supply. With natural gas, one does not have the option of choosing their provider. Depending on your neighborhood, you are forced to use whichever utility company supplies the natural gas through the pipeline to your house. In the case of propane, a storage tank on your property allows you to not only choose your provider, but also monitor your usage with greater accuracy. An increasingly common phrase these days is “going off the grid”. While going off the grid is not as simple as choosing propane, it is one way people are able to allow themselves more options.

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Michael McGreer Mesquite, Nevada
Dr. Michael Manford McGreer is managing editor of and writes on issues that impact public policy.

Comments (2)

  1. Number 2 is bogus.
    Propane is not green (I did notice the ” “). It is a byproduct of distillation and every bit a carbon product and greenhouse gas.
    I’d like to believe #1 but need to see a citation to support it.
    I am on propane living in a rural area.

  2. Propane contains more than twice the energy of natural gas (one cubic foot of propane = 2,516 BTUs, while one cubic foot of natural gas = 1,030 BTUs), it’s much more efficient than natural gas. For example, in one hour a 100,000 BTU natural gas furnace burns around 97 cubic feet, while a propane furnace burns only 40 cubic feet in an hour.

    Natural gas is a greenhouse gas, however, a clean burning one, but propane is not toxic or damaging to the environment. Propane is considered a “green fuel.” Propane is eco-friendly before and after combustion, which means that propane and natural gas are both environmentally safe.

    Hope this helps

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