Propane is becoming the energy source of choice in the United States and around the world due, in large part, to increased propane production in North America. Beginning in 2010, the United States began exporting propane for the first time in over 30 years and by 2011, approximately 98 percent of all propane used in America was produced in either Canada or the U.S.
Energy experts contend that the propane supply outlook is extremely good, with production expected to rise by 2020. New shale production is also on the rise in the U.S., with growth anticipated heavily between 2012 and 2020. This helps the propane supply outlook, as natural gas liquids that come from this new shale production are what is used to produce propane.
The Many Advantages of Using Propane
There are many benefits to choosing propane for heating and hot water appliances instead of fuel oil or electricity. Many of the new high-efficiency furnaces produced today are designed to work with propane, further lowering energy costs for consumers. In fact, they are taking on the entire heating market by storm, quickly passing heating oil and electricity with consumers.
Propane provides a very efficient means of running household appliances to cook food, run a heater, dry clothing and heat water. Propane can be used for all of your commercial appliances without requiring the use of any other additional fuel sources. All of these benefits, such as ease of use and efficiency, help contribute to its increased popularity, attracting homeowners and businesses alike throughout the New England states.
Lower Carbon Foot Print
When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions among other fuel sources, propane has one of the lowest overall carbon footprints. From the very first day, you begin using your new propane appliances and fuel source, the carbon footprint of your home and the greenhouse gas emissions of your property are minimized considerably.
- A propane furnace will have up to 96 percent less SO2 or sulfur-based emissions than fuel oil.
- Compared to an electricity-based hot water heater, propane has over 50 percent fewer greenhouse emissions for electricity produced from a fossil-fueled power plant.
- Propane emits 20 percent less NOx or Nitrogen Oxide than a gasoline engine.
- Propane emits 60 percent less CO or Carbon Monoxide than a gasoline engine.
- Propane produces 50 percent less particulate emissions than a diesel engine.
- Propane emits over 65 percent less CO2 or Carbon Dioxide than a charcoal grill.
Other little known facts about propane are that if released into the air, propane has the ability to completely biodegrade. If released into the soil or underground, propane does not pollute groundwater. Prior to combustion, propane is completely non-toxic and is not harmful to the surrounding environment. Overall, propane is much safer for the environment than any other traditional fuel source.
PGANE Offers a $500 Rebate for Propane Conversion
Still, need more reasons? Yet another benefit of switching to propane from other fuel sources is the $500 rebate offered to local customers by the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE). These rebates are applied to residents who convert their existing hot water and heating systems to propane.
For example, a $300 rebate is offered to customers who convert from an electric water heater or oil-fired water heater to a water heater that is fueled by propane. Customers who do a conversion that includes both the water heater and the heating system to a new water heater and heating system that are fueled by propane are eligible for a $500 rebate.
If Columbus Energies have helped you with your propane conversion, then contact us and we’ll help you with more information on these rebates. If however, you’ve gone through another dealer, then please contact your dealer for assistance. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut residents – check with your local utility companies, government offices and state websites for information about additional rebates and tax credits that are offered to consumers who convert to energy-efficient propane gas.
Where to Get Propane and Propane Appliances in New England
Columbus Energies is a family-owned and operated business, serving customers throughout Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. A team of experienced and professional technicians can help you plan your conversion to propane from your current energy source. They can help you choose the proper tank, appliances, and propane energy service plan to suit your unique needs.
Columbus Energies also provides a full range of propane delivery services designed to work with both your schedule and your budget. With a full staff of certified service personnel, Columbus Energies offers everything you’ll need from tank rentals to sales and installations of hot water heaters, fireplaces, heating systems and more.
Columbus Energies also provides safety checks, 24-hour emergency services, and an affordable payment plan. Choose from efficient, high-quality appliances from brands such as Biasi, Buderus, and Rinnai, designed to provide you and your family with the best quality products available for home use.
When it comes down to selecting a propane company to install, service and deliver your propane fuel to your home or business, it is important to choose a company with a solid reputation and many years of experience serving customers in the surrounding community. Columbus Energies has been serving New England customers for generations and their years of experience and community relationships speak volumes about their ability to provide top-notch service. Contact Columbus Energies today at 508-674-1492 for more information or to schedule a consultation.