What is Propane?
Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas or LPG. Produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, nearly 97% of propane consumed in the U.S. is produced in North America. Propane is nontoxic, colorless and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected.
Why Choose Propane?
It’s good for the environment. An approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992, propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. Per pound of fuel burned, coal emits more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide as propane. Propane gas is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to water or soil. This means propane tanks can be placed either above or below ground. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, much of the sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere, which produces acid rain, is attributed to coal-fired electricity-generating facilities. Neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.
Millions of Americans use it daily: In and around their homes for furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, grills and other appliances; on farms for propane-fueled equipment and technologies to dry crops, control pests and power irrigation pumps; for propane-driven forklifts and fleet vehicles; and commercial establishments including restaurants and hotels for heating, cooking and other uses.
It’s convenient. With up to 56,000 miles of pipeline and more than 6,000 retail dealer locations, propane is readily available throughout the U.S. And thanks to portable tanks, propane can be used in areas beyond gas mains. Refueling a propane vehicle takes about the same time as refueling a gasoline vehicle, and propane fueling stations are located in every state.
It’s a safe fuel. The propane industry has developed numerous methods to ensure the safe transport and use of propane:
- Propane equipment and appliances are manufactured to rigorous safety standards.
- Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products.
- Propane won’t ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If liquid propane leaks, it doesn’t puddle but instead vaporizes and dissipates into the air.
- Because it is released from a pressured container as a vapor, propane can’t be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels.
- Because propane is virtually odorless and colorless in its natural state, a commercial odorant is added so propane can be detected if it leaks from its container.
Converting to Propane
Don’t rely on just anyone when converting to propane. Count on ThompsonGas, the most trusted name in the industry. With ThompsonGas, you could save your household $500-$1,000 a year by converting your current oil or electric home to cleaner, higher efficiency residential propane. Propane appliances are 10-15% more efficient than oil and electric, and propane savings are $1.4 per gallon compared to current oil and electric prices. Your propane boiler will have little maintenance compared to an oil or electric boiler. You can use propane for cooking, fireplaces, dryers, emergency generators, outdoor heating, lighting and grilling. Plus we offer installation, repair, servicing and more — everything from start to finish. That’s the ThompsonGas propane difference!
Water Heater Annual Savings:
A 53 gallon electric tank water heater=$585/year to operate
Standard tankless propane water heater=$375/year to operate
You could SAVE 35% in costs annually!
Upgrading your fuel oil or electric heating appliances to propane has never been easier, thanks to ThompsonGas. We want our customers to enjoy the efficiency and comfort of propane energy, and we offer these special incentives to help you upgrade your current system at a price that works for you!
- $300 customer credit for conversion of electric or oil fired hot water heaters to propane
- $200 customer credit for conversion of electric heating system or oil fired boiler or furnace to propane
- $300 customer credit toward the removal of your old oil tank when converting central heating appliance to propane
- $250 rebate for replacement of electric water heater to propane
- $400 rebate for replacement of oil or electric furnace to propane
6 months same as cash with approved credit
48 months at 18% APR
Home Comfort Plan: Free First Year
Click here for a free site survey. Our professionals will visit your home to discuss all the advantages of propane, review your current system and provide a complimentary Home Heating Audit.
Did you know that ThompsonGas is an authorized propane refill center? Our professional staff can safely and quickly refill your propane tank anytime you need it. Just bring in your tank or purchase one in our showroom, and pay only for the amount of propane you need. It’s that easy. We’ll have you in and out in no time, so you can get back to doing the things you love with the people who matter the most to you! Grab your tank, and stop by our showroom pumping station today.