Why Propane Gas is an Important Part of the President’s “Climate Action Plan”

climate-action-planIt seems as if everyone today is concerned about the environment. People at the very top of our government’s infrastructure on down to families and school children are learning about and actively participating in making changes that will help protect our natural resources and environment while doing what they can to prevent climate change. President Obama recently released his “Climate Action Plan,” with propane gas headlining as part of the plan to achieve clean energy and climate change goals in the United States.

On June 25, 2013, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) released a statement regarding the President’s plan, providing information to consumers about the benefits of switching to residential propane fuel from other energy sources. In the statement, the NPGA agreed that propane can be a key asset as our country tries to achieve its goals, explaining that propane gas is principally derived from natural gas, making it a clean and efficient domestic fuel. Using residential propane fuel can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which have been attributed to global warming and climate change.

How is Residential Propane Fuel Used?
When most people think of propane, they typically think of gas barbecue grills. While propane gas is an excellent form of clean energy for outdoor cooking, that is just a small part of what it can be used to do. When used in residential applications, such as water heating or space heating within the home, the use of propane gas can lower greenhouse gas emissions by 52-64 percent compared to electric-based appliances. Propane also has the benefit of being a low-emissions fuel source that is portable and, on its own, is not considered to be a greenhouse gas.

Propane gas can be used to power all of your home and commercial appliances, including your stove, clothes dryer, hot water heater, fireplace, and furnace. From the very first day you make the switch to residential propane fuel, the carbon footprint of your home will be minimized, and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced as well. Propane gas powered equipment also uses less electricity to run, contributing further to utility savings each month.

In addition to being a clean energy source – propane gas has been listed in the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 and 2005, in addition to the President’s newly released Climate Action Plan – water heaters that use propane energy heat up your water twice as fast as electric energy water heaters. They also produce as much as 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, making them eligible for federal tax credits when you install an energy-efficient propane tank-less water heater or any other qualifying propane appliance.

Additional Benefits of Using Propane in Southeastern Massachusetts
Residential propane fuel comes in a very highly concentrated form, making it easy to transport, deliver and use by customers all over the northeastern states. For example, 4.1 gallons of propane gas can be stored in a 20-pound container, making it extremely portable. It is non-toxic and does not contribute to environmental problems, such as acid rain, due to its low content of sulfur.

Propane is also extremely safe. It is released as a gas and is not water-soluble. Because it is a gas it cannot spill, pool or leave behind any amount of residue. As a result, propane is not dangerous to water or soil and is not harmful to the local environment. Compared to other energy sources, this is by far the most important benefit and advantage to choosing propane gas as a clean energy source over other types of residential fuel options.

Other Uses for Propane Gas
Studies have been done that show the use of propane over other fuel sources for transportation or other machinery is also beneficial. In testing of on-road engines and vehicles, propane lowers greenhouse gas emissions over gasoline by as much as 25 percent. The use of propane gas produces lower critical pollutants than electricity, gasoline or even diesel.

Due to its widespread benefits to our natural resources, the propane industry has partnered with communities across the country to help improve the local environment. The National Park Service has announced this year that it will be using propane-powered mowers to landscape the National Mall as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Studies have proven that commercial mowers that are powered by propane gas produce nearly 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, providing clean energy without all of the pollutants and dangerous emissions. Part of the President’s plan includes implementation of alternative fuel sources, such as propane gas, by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Where Can I Get Propane in Southeastern Massachusetts?
Currently, residential propane fuel is available in all 50 states and is also the world’s most-used alternative fuel. Approximately 9 billion gallons of propane from more than 9,000 distribution points were sold in the United States for use by residential, commercial, internal combustion and agricultural applications in 2011. So finding propane gas in New England isn’t difficult, but it pays to go with a service provider that has a solid reputation for customer service and quality.

Columbus Energies currently serves customers for the delivery of propane in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. For more information about residential propane fuel delivery options and services, contact Columbus Energies locally at 508-674-1492.