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Four Commonly asked Questions about Propane

Propane is an increasingly popular choice as a fuel source in the United States. It’s clean, reliable, versatile, and efficient which makes it ideal for a variety of uses. And though propane has gained in popularity, there are still questions and misconceptions about this abundant energy source.

Here are common questions about propane that we get at Wright Service.

Where is most of the propane produced?

  • Nearly 80% of all propane consumed in the United States is produced domestically. The remaining amount comes mostly from Canada. Just by powering your home or business with propane supports the U.S. economy. Once it’s produced, it is shipped by rail, pipeline, ship, or truck to distribution centers and ultimately, to local providers like Wright Service.  

Why should I choose propane as my energy source?

  • One of the main reasons to use propane is that it may save you money! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home with propane in recent years has cost far less than electricity. Propane furnaces are known to last longer than heat pumps and propane water heaters are 30% cheaper to operate than electric while delivering more hot water in less time. Though each situation is different, it may be worth your time (and possibly money) to explore propane.

What is the difference between a propane cylinder and a propane tank?

  • Propane cylinders are the most recognized containers. These are the portable, refillable vessels that are used for a variety of purposes including propane gas grills, outdoor patio heaters, firepits or fireplaces. Propane tanks are much larger storage units that are installed and filled in a fixed location at a home or business. These may be installed above ground or buried.

How is propane created?

  • Propane comes from either natural gas processing or petroleum refining. Propane is produced from the liquid components recovered during natural gas processing. These also include butane, methane, and ethane. Propane is also produced during crude oil refining. In each case it is then pressurized into a liquid form for ease of transport and storage.

Propane is a clean burning, energy efficient, and readily available fuel source. It also creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other fuels which gives you peace of mind.

If you have more questions propane or propane systems, please give us a call or stop in and speak to a Wright Services professional!

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