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Is Propane Good for the Environment?

Propane offers low emissions and efficient performance!

propane Falmouth, MA With the threat of climate change at the front of our customers’ minds, Tasha Fuels and Propane is conscious of how important it is to help Upper Cape households stay warm and safe while maintaining low emissions.

Happily, the propane that we deliver is eco-friendly, and it is getting greener every year.

Conventional propane has been listed as an alternative fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992, and we are seeing amazing advances in renewable propane, which takes low-emission energy to a whole new level!

The Environmental Impact of Conventional Propane

Conventional propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. No new wells need to be drilled to produce it.

But what is propane’s environmental impact? Let’s begin with its carbon intensity, or the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated to produce a given amount of energy. Conventional propane’s carbon intensity (CI) is lower than gasoline, diesel and traditional heating oil. It’s also lower than Massachusetts’ grid electricity, which is heavily reliant on natural gas for generation.

Propane is also methane-free, unlike natural gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is over 80 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20-year period. Moreover, conventional propane contains virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

Efficient Propane Equipment

Today’s propane-fired equipment is exceptionally efficient, meaning that you’ll use less fuel to stay comfortable while minimizing the emissions coming from your home.

Propane boilers and furnaces have energy efficiency ratings that can exceed 98%. Modern propane propane water heaters can warm up water about twice as fast as electric models. Tankless water heaters generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand while using even less fuel. Propane clothes dryers have considerably shorter cycles than electric products.

The Arrival of Renewable Propane

While conventional propane is already green, renewable propane promises an even more environmentally friendly future.

Renewable propane is chemically identical to conventional propane, so that you can use it in gas-fired equipment without modification. However, renewable propane is made from organic and recycled feedstocks, including used cooking oil, animal fats, woody biomass, municipal waste and plant oils.

When produced from domestic, non-rendered, used cooking oil, renewable propane’s overall CI score is roughly one-quarter that of conventional propane — and 16% of the CI of America’s average grid electricity. And other feedstocks and innovative blends are on track to take that CI even lower.

Renewable propane isn’t widely used in homes yet, but its production is steadily increasing. By 2027, U.S. production capacity for renewable propane and other innovative blends could reach 277 million gallons!

Tasha is Your Propane Partner!

From our home base in Falmouth and throughout the Upper Cape and Southeastern Massachusetts, Tasha’s team delivers premium propane at a fair price. Our no-fee automatic delivery service frees you from checking a tank gauge and ensures you never run out of this vital, eco-friendly fuel.

Don’t settle for subpar propane delivery service. Reach out to Tasha Fuels and Propane to become a customer.