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There are a lot of misconceptions about propane out there. But in reality, it’s actually one of the most affordable, reliable and efficient fuel sources. Below, we’ll be busting some myths about propane and answering some Frequently Asked Questions.

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On average, propane costs about half as much per BTU as electricity and propane gas fireplaces cost 30 to 60 percent less per hour of operation than do wood-burning fireplaces.


Relying on propane for various applications in your home means you’re lessening your dependence on the electric grid in the event of an electric power outage. With propane, you can still have heat, hot water and hot food, even in the worst of weather conditions.


On average, a propane heating system is 20 degrees warmer compared to electric heat pumps that dispense cooler air.


Propane furnaces and propane dryers deliver warmer air faster than their electric counterparts, while hot water heaters deliver more hot water with three times the efficiency of an electric heater. When compared to electric appliances, propane improves efficiency, reduces energy costs, reduces the user’s carbon footprint and in many applications improves indoor air quality.


Propane creates far less pollution than electric power plants do. By switching to propane, you help protect the environment by providing cleaner, more breathable air. It is also insoluble in water so it presents no risk to soil and groundwater supplies.


Propane gas furnaces last an average of 20 years, while electric heat pumps last an average of 14 years. It also costs less to repair a propane gas furnace than an electric heat pump.



Propane is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG. It is produced from either natural gas processing or crude oil refining. About 90 percent of our propane is produced in America, making it a stable domestic energy source. It is nontoxic, colorless and virtually odorless—but, for your protection, odor is added so it can be easily detected when necessary. The chemical odorant that is added is called ethyl mercaptan, which has a strong smell similar to rotten eggs.

Propane is an environmentally responsible fuel. It is much cleaner than home heating oil, kerosene or electricity. It is also up to 99 percent efficient. Coal-burning electric power plants emit twice as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as propane, at a 28 percent efficiency rate. Propane is a valuable alternative to electricity and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Compact and easy to transport, EnergyUnited propane is delivered to residential customers and businesses for a wide range of uses.

  • Propane has a narrow range of flammability. The propane/air mix must contain 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor to ignite. Any less than 2.2 percent and the mixture is too lean to burn. Any more than 9.6 percent and the mixture is too rich to burn.
  • Propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940°F. In contrast, gasoline will ignite when the source of ignition reaches 430° to 500°F.
  • Propane is released as a vapor from a pressurized container. Propane is stored as a liquid in its tank. In the unlikely event that liquid propane leaks, it will vaporize and dissipate into the air.
What do I do if I smell gas?
  • If you think you smell propane in your home, RV or the area around any gas equipment, or if a gas alarm signals the presence of propane, you should do the following:
  • Extinguish all smoking materials and turn off any open flames.
  • Vacate the building or vehicle immediately.
  • Do not use any electrical switches, appliances, thermostats or telephones in the affected area.
  • Turn your main gas shutoff valve to the off position (righty, tighty).
  • Call EnergyUnited and/or your local fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s phone.
  • Do not reenter the building until advised to do so.

An odorant is purposely put into the tank to help easily detect leaks or broken pipes. Safety is our number one priority. Click here to learn more

Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not turn on the supply valve until a qualified EnergyUnited service technician or emergency personnel tests for escaped propane. NEVER test for propane using an open flame. Only suitable leak detection devices should be used. Your EnergyUnited service technician will check all of your appliances and relight any gas pilots when the leak situation has been fixed.

  • Call EnergyUnited’s Customer Care team.
  • Turn off gas at the tank.
  • Wait for company employees to arrive.
What do I do if I suspect a carbon monoxide leak?
  • Turn off the appliance.
  • Get everyone to fresh air immediately.
  • Open windows and doors to air out the room or building.
  • Call 911 or call your local fire department to check for CO contamination.
How can I prepare for a flood or hurricane?
  • If possible, secure the propane tank.
  • Turn the main gas shutoff valve to the off position (righty, tighty).
  • Fasten the protective dome on the tank.
  • Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shutoff valves.
  • Be sure the tank’s fuel supply level is above 30 percent.
  • After the flood or hurricane has passed, look for any signs of structural damage.
  • You smell propane gas.
  • The propane tank has shifted or moved.
  • The tank regulator was exposed to water.
  • The gas lines have pulled away from the tank or appliance or if the lines are damaged, bent or broken.
  • Propane appliances or controls were exposed to water.
What are the advantages of grilling with propane?

Grilling with propane is clean and easy—you get that delicious grilled flavor without the hassle. Gas grills can also connect to a direct line so you never have to refill your portable tank.

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