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Propane Vs. Natural Gas

propane or natural gas north carolinaThere’s a lot of information out there about natural gas and propane –two high-efficiency gas-based home energy alternatives.

While marketing usually paints natural gas as the clear head-to-head winner between the fuels, the truth is that propane offers key advantages over natural gas that could tip the scale in its favor, depending on your specific needs.

Five Propane Advantages

Remember to keep these facts in mind if you’re comparing the two fuels for your next home construction or expansion project:

  1. Propane produces more energy than natural gas — Propane contains double the amount of usable energy content per cubic foot as natural gas – about 2,490 BTUs versus 1,030. That means more heat for your furnace, boiler, or space heater, and more power for your other gas-burning appliances.
  2. Propane delivery is safer — A key advantage to propane is that it can be moved safely and easily by technicians who must comply with strict federal, state, and local laws. Natural gas, on the other hand, is difficult to compress, which means it must be delivered via pipeline—and not all pipelines are maintained with equal care. If there are no pipelines near your home, you can’t use natural gas; if there are pipelines near your home, you elect to run the risk of a potentially disastrous pipeline failure.
  3. Placement of propane appliances is more flexible — In most cases, a propane line can connect to appliances in any part of your home, as long as there’s a tank nearby (while there are some requirements for distance from the home for a propane tank, they are not overly restrictive). This may not be true with a natural gas line.
  4. Burning propane produces few GHGs — While both fuels are considered to be “clean,” natural gas is a fossil fuel that releases methane—a gas that is far more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
  5. Propane is a safer fuel — Propane has a much narrower range of flammability (minimum and maximum burn temperatures) than natural gas; propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the ignition source reaches at least 920 degrees F.

When it comes down to it, you will probably pay a little more for propane than you will for natural gas, but it could still be the right choice for you. If you’re trying to decide between these two options, give the propane experts at Rose Oil a call today to discuss a propane conversion as well as our variety of propane appliances for installation in Vance, Franklin, Granville and Warren Counties in North Carolina!