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The Truth About Propane Vs. Electricity

propane and electricity iowaElectrification advocates claim that electricity is the only sustainable energy solution. That is far from the truth. Propane-heated homes are generally more energy-efficient, with a small overall carbon footprint.

Consider these facts when deciding whether electricity or propane is better for your home.

  1. Electricity might not release greenhouse gas emissions in your home, but many of the power plants producing it do. Today, 63% of electricity comes from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and electricity production release the second-largest share of emissions.
  2. Propane is one of the cleanest energy sources, producing 43% fewer emissions than the equivalent amount of grid-generated electricity.
  3. Electric-heated homes are often inefficient. It requires 27 kilowatt-hours of electricity to produce the same amount of energy as a single gallon of propane.
  4. Full electrification will badly overburden the power grid, increasing the risk of prolonged blackouts.
  5. Converting a home to electricity is extremely expensive, a burden on Iowa homeowners.

The simple truth is that propane is a more sustainable, affordable and efficient energy solution than electricity for Iowa homeowners. Visit PropaneIowa.com for more information.

Propane as a motor fuel

Instead of filling your vehicle’s tank with gasoline, there may come a day when you’ll “fill ‘er up” with propane autogas.

Autogas is already powering buses, police cars, street cleaners and other vehicles in cities worldwide. Many businesses are also using propane to fuel their vehicles.

Propane’s lesser environmental impact is what makes this fuel a leading alternative for vehicles of all kinds. Since propane has a lower carbon content than petroleum products, it creates fewer toxic emissions and burns cleaner. Some estimates show that converting a vehicle to propane autogas can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.Your vehicle’s engine could even last longer with propane.

The future: renewable propane

The success story of propane and the environment doesn’t end here. Renewable propane represents the next step towards a zero-carbon emissions future.

Renewable propane is molecularly identical to propane. But it is made with renewable resources such as animal oils, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides.

As the renewable propane sector grows, more Iowans will be able to use it to lower their carbon footprint even further.

Find out more about renewable propane.

Read more about propane vs. electricity. And then contact your local propane company if you want to explore ways to expand your use of propane.


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