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Q. Is Propane safe to use in my home?

Propane is a safe fuel to use in your home and business. Propane has a narrow range of flammability and cannot be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels because it is released as a vapor from a pressurized container. In addition, award-winning preventive maintenance programs like GAS Check™ (Gas Appliance System Check) ensure that homeowners understand how to properly maintain their propane appliances and enjoy a healthy, safe environment.

Propane is colorless and odorless. Manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it a smell similar to rotten eggs, skunk spray or dead animals. This permits customers to notice a leak, which can be a safety hazard, and call for technical assistance. Propane gas detectors are available and can give added security.

 

Q. Why would I choose Propane over electricity for my appliances and for heating my home?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it would cost twice as much to operate your range, water heater, dryer or furnace with electricity than with propane gas. Propane gas furnaces and heaters provide more consistent warm air throughout your home at a lower cost than electric heat pumps and have a longer average life-span of 20 years, compared with electric heat pumps’ 12-year average life-span.

 

Q. Is Propane dangerous to the environment?

No. Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels; new propane-fueled vehicles can meet the very tough Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards, and one model even meets the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards. Propane is non-toxic and produces minimal emissions, so it’s not harmful to soil or water.

GO GREEN! Did you know that Propane generators release fewer greenhouse gases than diesel or gasoline, and give off less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity?

 

Q. How can I be sure I’m handling the use of Propane gas properly in my home?

NPGA (National Propane Gas Association) has developed a comprehensive maintenance program called GAS Check™ (Gas Appliance System Check), in which trained technicians inspect propane systems and appliances in homes to ensure they are running safely and efficiently. The program also educates homeowners on the proper maintenance of propane appliances and how to handle propane safely.

 

Q. At what point should I refill my tank?

It is recommended that the propane level should not fall below 20%. If empty, air and moisture may cause rusting in the tank or pipes, and telltale odors may be reduced.

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Office: 717-564-1657 Ext. 101
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