How Is Propane Low Carbon, Zero Waste?
Think electrical power is the key to a low-carbon, eco-friendly future? Think again.
A full 93 percent of the electricity generated in Rhode Island (and 67 percent of the electricity generated in Massachusetts) is produced by burning natural gas, which is 95% methane – a greenhouse gas with 84 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
Propane gas, on the other hand, generates only limited amounts of carbon dioxide and no methane emissions when it’s burned. In fact, if you choose propane over electricity for your space heating, cooking, clothes drying, and water heating, you could cut your carbon footprint in half.
But carbon reduction is only one advantage that propane holds over electricity when it comes to powering our New England homes and appliances.
Consider these propane energy saving benefits:
- It’s more efficient to produce – Nearly two-thirds of electricity generated at most power plants is lost between the plant and the consumer, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The energy produced by propane gas, on the other hand, is generated on the spot after being transported easily and safely.
- It can be used anywhere – More than 12 million households in rural America depend on propane for heat, power, and appliances. Remote commercial enterprises rely on propane, too: for example, four out of five of U.S. farmers use propane grain dryers to reduce crop loss, improve yield, and preserve margins.
- It’s great in a crisis – Propane is a reliable energy source after hurricanes, wildfires, or other disasters paralyze a community. It’s also the perfect fuel for generators, which can keep your appliances, safety systems, and other equipment working when the grid is down.
- It saves money for those who need it most – According to a study released by the American Gas Association, policies that would force residents to convert their homes to electricity would increase average residential energy costs by as much as $910 per year, forcing lower income Americans to choose between heating their homes and critical necessities like food and medicine.
When it comes to providing clean, green energy, few options top propane gas. Contact W.H. Riley & Son today to learn more about propane deliveries in RI and southeastern MA!
Please note: At W.H. Riley & Son, your safety and comfort are always our priority. Please see our COVID-19 Service Update Page to learn more about how we are working to keep your family and our crews safe and your propane deliveries coming when you need them.