Propane. It Works. It's
Here. It's Now.
More than 63 percent of homeowners who cook outdoors use propane grills because they heat faster than charcoal grills and release fewer harmful particulate emissions. But beyond the grill, propane makes a difference in the environment today by providing a cleaner and more efficient alternative energy choice for buses, police cars, trucks, homes, businesses, and farms.
- We can begin cutting emissions of greenhouse gases immediately by expanding the use of clean, low-carbon propane where it makes sense - in homes, at work, and on the road.
- Nearly 97 percent of U.S. propane supplies are already produced in North America. America has the opportunity today to reduce its dependence on foreign oil by making the most of domestically produced energy sources including wind, solar, natural gas - and propane.
- The EPA recently awarded the propane LEHR Eco Trimmer its Clean Air Excellence Award for helping cut smog-producing emissions. For more about this innovative propane home grass trimmer, read the press release.
Propane is one of the cleanest fossil fuels and an approved clean fuel designated by the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and 2005. Environmental Protection Agency tests show that propane-fueled vehicles produce 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and about 50 percent fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline-powered engines.
Millions of Americans use propane every day in and around their homes to operate furnaces, water heaters, outdoor grills, fireplaces, and other appliances. On farms, propane is used to drive irrigation pumps, dry harvested crops, and control pests. Commercial uses for propane include fueling forklifts and fleet vehicles. Propane is used by many different types of enterprises, including restaurants, hospitals, and hotels, for heating, cooking, and standby power.
- Propane-powered water heaters produce 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric-powered models. Propane tankless water heaters can cost up to 60 percent less to operate than electric models.
- Propane furnaces emit nearly 70 percent less greenhouse gases than electric furnaces.
For more information on residential propane use and tax incentives, visit usepropane.com/rmap.
Engine Fuel Use
- With more than 10 million vehicles on the road today, propane is the most-used alternative motor fuel in the world.
- On average, fleet vehicles fueled by propane reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent.
- Propane is used on more than 660,000 farms for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators, and other equipment.
- Propane mowers offer an 80 percent reduction in toxic emissions and a 60 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions.
- Propane is used by businesses to fuel low-emission forklifts that operate both indoors and outdoors.