Is Propane Considered A “Green” Fuel?

Written on: April 5, 2021

propane delivery michiganOne of the more important qualities to consider when you’re thinking about which fuel to choose for your Midwestern home is the impact it has on the environment.

When it comes to eco-performance, propane is at or near the top of the list of heating fuels here in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Because it is a light, simple hydrocarbon, it is one of the cleanest burning fuels available, with a lower carbon content than fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and ethanol.

It also emits far less greenhouse gas per BTU than almost any other fuel, making it a great choice for homes where environmental responsibility matters.

Propane Vs. Electricity: Which Is Greener?

Think electric power is the greener way to go? Think again: about half the electricity generated in Minnesota comes from coal- or natural gas-fired plants, which produce many tons of methane and carbon dioxide every year; another 30 percent or so is produced by nuclear power, which doesn’t have a stellar environmental record, either.

Wisconsin is even more skewed toward natural gas- and coal-fired electricity generation.

WHY Is Propane Considered “Green”?

If you’re looking for a clean, green fuel for your WI or MN home, propane could be just your ticket for these reasons and more:

  1. It reduces GHGs – Propane produces 38 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than oil, with low carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions. A high efficiency propane gas heating furnace emits 10,000 fewer pounds of carbon per year than standard oil-fired furnace!
  2. It’s non-toxic  – Propane is non-toxic and cannot spill or pool; although it is stored in a liquid state, a leak will simply vaporize into the air. And because of its low-carbon nature, propane does not turn into greenhouse gasses or other harmful emissions when it is burned.
  3. It’s super-efficient – Because propane combustion produces a lot of energy, you need less of it to power your appliances; propane-fired equipment can reach efficiency ratings of 95 percent or more. By using less fuel, your propane equipment releases fewer emissions.
  4. It’s got a thumbs-up from the EPA – Propane is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved clean alternative fuel, offering lower greenhouse gas emissions than many other energy options without compromising performance in a range of applications.

Considering a switch from electricity to propane in your Minnesota or Wisconsin home? It’s a smart move! Contact Lakes Gas today to learn more about making the switch.