The Environmentally Friendly Fossil Fuel

Its 2017 and (with good reason) people are becoming increasingly aware of our Planet’s wellbeing. Global warming is real and we have seen its effects first hand. 2017 was a year for the record books – There has been a huge geographical spread of warm and downright hot weather stretching across the U.S. February marks 3,146 record highs set compared to only 27 records lows. Not only are people aware of the damage being caused by global warming but they are also becoming increasingly aware of how their everyday actions cause damage to the environment in which they live and raise their family. There are a lot of actions you can take to help clean up the environment but one of the most important might be one you had never thought.


Switching from Gas to Propane. Why? Propane, a hydrocarbon, may smell as if it could harm the environment, but scents can be deceiving. Also known as liquefied petroleum gas, propane is an environmentally friendly fuel that is virtually odorless. Processing plants add an artificial odor to propane so people can detect it easily. Switch to propane, and you’ll also enjoy other benefits that go beyond helping protect the environment.


The National Propane Gas Association calls propane a green solution “for the environmentally conscious consumer.” The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a propane vehicle can emit fewer harmful emissions than a gasoline or diesel vehicle, depending on its drive cycle and type.


Propane’s lower carbon content helps make it a clean fuel source. As it burns, it also produces fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum fuels. Propane can’t hurt water or soil because it’s not toxic. When you switch to it, you reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and greenhouse gas emissions. If you’d like to use propane to power a car or truck, system retrofitters can convert an existing vehicle so it runs using that fuel.


The 1990 Clean Air Act listed propane as an approved clean fuel. While coal-generating plants help cause acid rain, propane combustion does not produce significant levels of the contaminants that cause that phenomenon. Because propane is nontoxic and the EPA does not regulate it, you don’t have to worry about placing propane tanks below ground where they might leak. You may also find a monetary reason for choosing propane. Some states give residents fuel tax incentives when they use propane. People also typically spend less for propane fuel than they do for reformulated or conventional gasoline.


Not convinced yet? Call Thompson Gas today and ask about how switching from gas to propane is the environmentally cleanest choice you can make for yourself and your family!