Is Propane or Natural Gas Better for Your Home?

Converting to Natural Gas from Propane

compare home energy pennsylvniaMore and more people are discovering the benefits of gas appliances in their homes. It’s not too surprising, as the benefits can be found in numerous places such as cooking on a gas range, energy-efficient home heating and water heating, and the ease, comfort, and convenience of gas fireplaces.

So, if you’re considering adding gas appliances to your home, you may be wondering if there’s any difference between one powered by natural gas versus propane.

SPOILER ALERT: There are some major differences!

Propane and natural gas are both gases, but they aren’t exactly alike. Propane offers several advantages over natural gas. Let’s get you familiar with some of the specifics of each:

Propane: A Gas Supply You Can Always Count On

One of the advantages propane consumers overwhelmingly mention in consumer surveys is that they know they will always have access to propane when they need it.

Natural gas main problems—caused by either cold weather, accidents, or deterioration—are reported at any time of year, and sometimes it’s more than once or twice in succession.

One of the key areas where propane differs from natural gas is in how it is transported and stored. After propane gets compressed into a liquid—becoming what is called liquid petroleum gas (LPG)—it gets stored inside large tanks. This is where it remains until a local propane delivery company like ProGas delivers it to your home’s smaller propane tank.

Hundreds and even thousands of consumers could lose their supply if underground natural gas pipelines are damaged. You may be without the necessary fuel to heat your house for hours, or in some cases, even days. You don’t need to worry about that with propane!

Off-Grid Living is Made Easy with Propane

If you want natural gas in your home, you must first live in a location where there are natural gas lines. Propane, on the other hand, allows you to reap the benefits of gas-based heating, water heating, cooking appliances, and more from anywhere!

Natural gas customers don’t get a choice when it comes to their gas supply, usually being stuck with the local gas utility. With delivery options such as Keep Full automatic delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring, as well as pricing and payment options that allow you to manage your propane costs your way, ProGas gives you personalized, responsive propane delivery and service no big natural gas utility can match.

Propane vs. Natural Gas

The main component of natural gas is methane, an identified greenhouse gas. Underground natural gas pipelines have been criticized for causing methane leaks that can negatively contribute to climate change.

Propane—on the other hand—is not a greenhouse gas. It has even been named as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy because of its extremely low carbon content.

Additionally, because all our domestic propane supply is manufactured in North America, you are also helping the U.S. towards increased energy independence.

Become a ProGas customer today for the most reliable propane delivery and tank installation services in Western Pennsylvania, Southeast Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.