If you, like us, are concerned about heating your home and powering your appliances cleanly and efficiently, then you may reasonably wonder if propane is environmentally responsible. After all, there’s so much talk about converting households to all-electric appliances. Is full electrification the only green option?
Absolutely not — propane is a considerably eco-friendly fuel. In many ways, it’s a greener home energy option than converting to fully electric systems.
Propane has many attributes that substantially benefit the planet (and your wallet too). Consider these facts:
As you can see, conventional propane is an incredibly eco-friendly energy source. And renewable propane is even greener.
Renewable propane is molecularly identical to conventional propane, so that you can use it in propane equipment without modification. But it’s produced using organic and recycled feedstocks like those used in biodiesel. These feedstocks include:
Because of this sustainable production process, renewable propane has a CI that’s roughly half that of conventional propane — and sometimes even lower. Indeed, renewable propane is carbon neutral at the point of combustion!
Renewable propane isn’t in widespread use today, but its production grows substantially each year. In 2021, the U.S. produced roughly 4.6 million gallons of renewable propane, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
At Superior Propane, we encourage our customers in Flagstaff, Prescott, Williams and other northern Arizona towns to invest in energy efficiency. Today’s high-efficiency propane furnaces will substantially lower both your carbon footprint and your winter fuel usage.
Similarly, according to the Department of Energy, a propane tankless water heater like the Rinnai products we install is up to 34 percent more efficient than a storage tank unit. That’s because tankless systems only heat water when you need it instead of heating a reheating a full tank of unused water.