Propane gas is used by millions of Americans who save money on their energy bills when they use propane for home heating, hot water, cooking and grilling, laundry drying, fireplaces, and even for back-up power generation.
When used as a home energy source, propane fuels a variety of systems and products. Propane offers homeowners reliability, cleanliness, improved performance and, on average, costs less per BTU than electricity.
What is propane?
Propane, also called LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or LP gas, is a widely used fuel. It is transported and stored as a very cold liquid, and can cause a “freeze burn” or frostbite if it contacts the skin. The liquid propane is turned into a gas inside a tank or a cylinder. In its natural form, propane is colorless and odorless. To make propane easier to detect in the event of a leak or spill, manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it a distinctive smell.
Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity.
Propane vapors are heavier than air. For this reason, they may accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and ditches, or along floors. However, air currents can sometimes carry propane vapors elsewhere within a building.