Frequently Asked Questions About Propane
What is propane? Propane is a hydrocarbon and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas or LPG. Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, in roughly equal amounts from each source. Most propane used in the United States is produced domestically, with about 15 percent imported. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels and it fulfills energy needs by efficiently giving consumers more value for their energy dollar.
Who uses propane? Propane is used by millions of Americans each day. People use propane in and around their homes for furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, outdoor grills, fireplaces, and appliances; on farms for pest control, crop drying, and irrigation pumps; for industrial uses such as forklifts and fleet vehicles; and in millions of commercial establishments, including restaurants and hotels, for heating, cooking, and other uses.
Is propane safe to use in my home? Yes. Propane has a narrow range of flammability and cannot be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels because it is released as a vapor from a pressurized container. Paul Tuemler LP Gas performs a LeakTest to ensure that homeowners understand how to properly maintain their propane appliances and enjoy a healthy, safe environment.
What impacts the price of propane for consumers?
(Sources: National Propane Gas Association/Propane Education & Research Council, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration),
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