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Where Does Propane Come From?

Most LPG Is Made Here in the USA!

propane Talbot County, CT Back in 1910, more people were buying cars, and American chemist Walter O. Snelling was performing research into gasoline storage and evaporation to meet the rising need for gas stations. In the process, he learned that certain evaporating gases could be changed into liquids—particularly propane.

Snelling then created a method to bottle this liquid gas, leading to the creation of the propane industry. The term bottled gas is still used today for propane, which is formally called Liquified Petroleum Gas or LPG.

Propane and Natural Gas

While propane can be extracted from crude oil during the refining process, most propane today is derived from natural gas production.

When natural gas is taken out of the earth, it’s a mix of different gases, including propane.

To stop condensation from forming in natural gas pipelines, propane is extracted from liquid compounds as the natural gas is being processed. Propane, being much denser as a liquid than as a gas, is stored and transported as a liquid in this form of production.

Because propane is created through the processing of natural gas and crude oil, it is a fuel that is largely a domestic product. In fact, about 90% of the American propane supply is generated right here in the United States! That abundant, right-at-home supply makes propane a reliable fuel choice for your northern Fairfield County home or business, and all its appliances and equipment, throughout the year.

Propane and the Environment

Propane is one of the cleanest fuels around. It produces minimal emissions, and unlike natural gas, propane does not contain methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In fact, it was recognized as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater – an important factor when it comes to determining whether a fuel is “green.”

Propane is also more efficient: It generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, and it delivers more than twice the Btus of natural gas, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. That means by using propane you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint without having to sacrifice comfort or convenience.

The Future of Propane

Today, propane is one of the safest sources of energy around – not to mention one of the most versatile and efficient ways to power just about any equipment you need to keep your family safe and comfortable in any season. But scientists are working to make propane even cleaner.

Modern-day William Snellings have developed renewable propane that, like biofuels, is made from fats, vegetable oils and certain types of grease. Since it is molecularly identical to propane, there will be no need to replace or alter existing propane appliances and equipment. And, as renewable propane use increases, it will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, helping fight the effects of climate change.

While it is not in common use yet, renewable propane gas has positioned itself to be a major part of the clean fuel conversation in the years ahead.

Ready for Propane?

Whether you’re ready to make the switch, or have more questions, the Casey team has the knowledge, experience and resources to answer all your questions about the benefits of a propane-fueled home. And, we can get you started, with the right size propane tank for your needs, reliable propane delivery and more. Contact us for more information today.