Clean, Efficient, Abundant
It’s a fuel for the future that consumers have relied on for over 90 years. It’s a gas. It’s a liquid. And it’s one of the world’s cleanest, most versatile sources of energy.
Each year, nearly 60 million Americans use about 18 billion gallons of this remarkable fuel in their homes, farms, businesses and industries. It warms their houses, heats their water, cooks their food, dries their clothes and runs their vehicles economically and efficiently all year round.
Unlike other energy sources, propane’s ability to become liquid under pressure makes it portable, an energy that can be used virtually anywhere.
A by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining, propane’s supply is plentiful and will continue to be in the 21st century with almost all of our supply produced domestically.
Since most of propane’s pollutants are safely removed during processing, as a gas it burns cleanly – so cleanly that it can be used indoors without special ventilation. As a liquid, if unintentionally released, it vaporizes into a gas and therefore does not contaminate the environment.
Propane. The safe, “go anywhere, do anything” energy source for all seasons.
What Is Propane?
Most people know propane as the fuel in a white container attached to a barbecue grill. But propane has long proven its versatility for heating homes, heating water, cooking, drying clothes, fueling gas fireplaces, and as an alternative fuel for vehicles. However, more propane is used to make petrochemicals which are the building blocks for plastics, alcohols, fibers, and cosmetics, to name just a few.
Propane naturally occurs as a gas at atmospheric pressure but can be liquefied if subjected to moderately increased pressure. It is stored and transported in its compressed liquid form, but by opening a valve to release propane from a pressurized storage container, it is vaporized into a gas for use. Simply stated, propane is always a liquid until it is used. Although propane is non-toxic and odorless, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected.
What Is Propane?
It’s a question many folks have asked. And obviously, a question that’s been answered quite well. Because millions worldwide are using propane to make their lives more comfortable. Of course, that’s not surprising. After all, the advantages of propane are tough to beat.
Clean – propane is clean burning and non-toxic
Reliable – propane works when and where other energy sources don’t
Good value – propane can offer significant savings over the alternatives
Safe – propane has built-in safety properties along with stringent safety regulations
Poke around our site and see for yourself. We think you’ll find the real question is, “why use anything else?”
Propane is Clean and Efficient.Propane has long been recognized as the “green” energy. By using this exceptional energy, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment.
- Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
- Propane is nontoxic and insoluble in water. Because it is released as a gas, it doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue.
TIPS FOR SAFE SUMMER GRILLING
Temperatures are on the rise and grilling in America is hotter than ever. Four out of five U.S. families now own a grill, and most people barbecue at least once a week during the summer.
Based on consumer demand, propane is still the number one choice for grills. Propane grills are equipped with convenient on/off switches, providing for instant heat, greater temperature control, and quicker cool-down times. And with no burning embers, propane grills don’t throw sparks or require a messy clean-up.
But before the barbecue begins, the Propane Education & Research Council offers the following grilling and food safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:
Safe Grilling Tips
- When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
- After filling or exchanging, take the cylinder home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped.
- Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
- Never leave the grill unattended. Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions on lighting the grill and make sure the grill top is open.
- Before connecting or lighting a propane gas grill, use a leak-detection solution to check connections for tightness. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
- If you suspect a gas leak, and are able to safely turn off the gas supply valve, do so immediately and call the fire department.
- Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
- Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
- Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
- When a grill is not in use, shut off cylinder valve, cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep clean.
- When not in use, grill burner controls should be turned off and cylinder valve closed.