Benefits of Propane

Propane powers a range of efficient, eco-friendly, lifestyle-enhancing products

Today, more than 50 million American homes use propane in some capacity. Every year, our team at Main-Care Energy welcomes more households in the NY Capital Region, the surrounding Hudson Valley, Western Vermont and Western Massachusetts who are adding high-quality propane appliances and systems.

Here are some of propane’s benefits — inside your home and out!

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Propane is affordable, versatile and American-made

Virtually all propane used in the United States today is produced domestically. This means that, while it isn’t completely insulated from global energy markets, its price is more stable than that of most other home energy sources.

And you get a lot of heat energy for your dollar. One gallon of propane can generate 91,452 British thermal units (Btu) of heat. To get that same amount of electricity, you’d need roughly 27 kilowatt hours. Propane also produces twice the Btu per cubic foot of natural gas!

Propane can power a broad range of home systems and appliances, from heating and hot water systems to gas logs, standby generators, pool heaters, firepits, clothes dryers and gas ranges.

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Propane is green

Did you know that propane is listed as an alternative fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy? Propane has a lower carbon intensity score (the amount of carbon dioxide generated to produce a given amount of energy) than gasoline, diesel or even the average U.S. grid electricity.

Additionally, propane contains zero methane, which the Environmental Protection Agency has found to be more than 28 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Propane also contains virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

The equipment that propane powers is more efficient than ever. That’s great for the environment and for your home energy spending. Consider these facts:

Propane is safe

Propane has a fantastic safety record. The industry is strictly regulated and sets high safety standards. Furthermore, propane is a nontoxic fuel that does not harm soil or water in the event of a leak.

Even so, we want you to know how to respond if you suspect a propane leak. Propane has no natural smell, but producers add an odorant to make it smell like rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray. If you smell this odor, please take the following steps:

  • Get everyone out of the house or affected area IMMEDIATELY.
  • Extinguish any sources of ignition, such as candles or cigarettes.
  • Do not use light switches, thermostats, telephones or appliances until you have safely vacated the area where you detected gas.
  • If you can access it safely, turn off the propane tank or cylinder’s gas-shutoff valve.
  • Once you’re a safe distance away, call emergency services and Main-Care Energy.
  • Give emergency workers and propane service experts time to look for leaked gas and make any necessary repairs.
  • Even if you no longer detect gas, do not return to the scene of the leak or try to turn on the propane supply valve.
  • A trained propane service technician will repair the leak, inspect all gas appliances and relight all pilots.
  • Wait for permission from emergency personnel or the service professional before returning.

Below, you can find videos from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) covering propane safety topics. And feel free to contact us if you have any questions.