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Q&As on Why Propane Is the Right Off-the-Grid Energy Choice

Q) Why is propane a better energy choice for rural or exurban locations?

A) Two words: Clean and convenient. Propane is safe, non-toxic, and produces virtually no carbon monoxide.

Q) How do propane appliances compare with electrical appliances?

A) Very favorably. For example, a propane tankless water heater costs about 60 percent less to operate than an electric unit while providing a longer-lasting stream of hot water. Air flow from a propane furnace can be up to 25 degrees warmer than that generated by a heat pump, and the furnace life expectancy is 5–10 years longer. Also, propane clothes dryers produce a moist heat that's not as likely to wrinkle fabrics.

Q) What happens if my propane supply runs out?

A) There’s an easy way to avoid this potential problem, which is to talk with your propane retailer about delivery options to keep your tank full. If your propane tank runs empty, air and moisture can get into the tank. This can cause rust build-up, and decrease the odor level of propane, making it harder to detect. In addition, an empty tank will cause all propane pilot lights to go out, a situation best handled by a qualified propane technician.

Q) I'm going on an extended trip. What should I do about my propane appliances?

A) For long periods away from home, consider closing all propane supply valves. This includes the main supply valve on the propane tank as well as valves located near individual appliances. When you return, simply contact your propane retailer, who will send a qualified service technician to conduct safety checks before turning the propane on and re-lighting all pilot lights.

Q) Is propane hard to find?

A) Absolutely not. With thousands of independent retailers across the country, propane is readily available virtually anywhere in the U.S. And, with 90 percent of U.S. propane produced in the U.S., there's always a ready supply of exceptional energy to meet your needs.