Propane is a fuel used by millions of Americans. For some, propane is the fuel that is used in their central heating system. Others use propane for their barbecue grill or perhaps their camping stove. While you might know a few basic facts about how propane is used, here are a few interesting facts that you might not know.
Propane is interesting because it can be both a gas and also a liquid. When you see those propane trucks on the road, they are full of propane in its liquid state. Propane is a natural by-product of the processing of natural gas and also the refining of petroleum. The propane that is produced is stored in huge salt mines, the largest of which is in Texas. It can be carried out of the mine in trucks or via a pipeline.
Walter Snelling was the chemist that discovered propane as well as butane in 1910 while he was conducting experiments with gasoline. He separated the gasoline into gas and liquid and also found that a small amount of propane could power an entire home for several weeks. Within just a few decades, millions of Americans were using propane, especially for cooking.
If you were wondering if propane could be used to power your automobile, the answer is yes, and as far back as 1913, propane has been used as vehicle fuel. In some countries, such as Poland and South Korea, about 50% of the vehicles use propane or “autogas” as their fuel source. Not only is the propane quite a bit cheaper than gasoline, the carbon dioxide emissions are much lower as well, so it is more environmentally friendly than gasoline.
Not only is propane a less expensive fuel source for our vehicles, propane also is quite cost effective as a home fuel source. In general, the cost of electricity to power a household item, such as our clothes dryer, is about two times more expensive than the cost of powering the same appliance with propane. Many households in America run on electricity produced by coal. Using propane instead is much friendlier to the environment. Coal produces two times more carbon emissions than propane, so by using propane, consumers are reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It’s also a non-toxic fuel and will not harm soil or our water supply.
When you start looking around for a propane delivery service, consider choosing a company such as Thrifty Propane. Not only do they have a low price guarantee, they only sell the highest quality propane available on the market. This is HD5 propane and it is the purest propane that you can buy. It is cleaner and burns longer and hotter than other types of propane.
Cath Buhr enjoys writing reviews on propane retailers. To get more information about Cincinnati propane retailers or to discover local Baltimore propane prices, please go to the Thrifty Propane site today.
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