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Propane vs. Natural Gas: What’s the Difference?

Posted: December 20, 2021

The Answers Might Surprise You!

natural gas or propane north carolinaIf you have the option to choose between propane and connecting to natural gas, you might not think it makes much of a difference. So long as you can enjoy the convenience of gas-fired appliances like a furnace, water heater, or range, gas is gas, right? Not exactly.

For starters, Propane has a distinct edge over natural gas because of the way it’s transported and stored. Propane gets compressed into a liquid, becoming what’s called liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which is stored inside large tanks until we deliver it to your home or business. Liquid propane changes to gas before it leaves your propane tank, and is released slowly and safely through pressure regulators, making it far safer than that of natural gas.

Propane offers several other distinct advantages over natural gas, and that are worth considering as you evaluate the right choice for your North Carolina home. We’ll outline some key benefits for you here:

Dependable Supply

One of the biggest reasons so many people prefer using propane gas for home heating and water heating is that they know they will always have propane when they need it. That’s because your propane supply is stored in a tank on your property, so you’ll always have it right on hand. Natural gas customers don’t enjoy that kind of security. You’ve likely heard news reports of interruptions in natural gas service because of pipeline problems, caused by cold weather, accidents, or deterioration. When underground natural gas pipelines are damaged, hundreds and even thousands of customers may lose their supply until repairs are finished. Forget hours, it could be days without the gas you need to heat your home.

Accessibility and Flexibility

With propane, you can enjoy all the benefits of gas-fired heating, water heating, ranges, and more no matter where you live. If you want natural gas in your home, you need to be in a neighborhood where there are natural gas lines in place—and connect from your house to the main line, which can require excavation and additional costs.

When you have natural gas, you’re dealing with a utility company. Usually, that means a far-away office where you’re just an account number in a database. Rand Wade is a local company that specializes in outstanding service. We offer safe, reliable propane delivery with neighborly, personalized service.

Environmental Friendliness

Natural gas is often touted as being a “greener” choice. But the main component of natural gas is methane, which itself is a greenhouse gas. Worse yet, methane leaks from underground natural gas pipelines are not uncommon.

Propane, on the other hand, is not a greenhouse gas. In fact, because of its low carbon content, it has been named as an approved clean fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. What’s more, our propane supply is produced right here in North America, so you are supporting America’s energy independence.

Rand Wade offers safe, reliable propane delivery and service for your North Carolina home. In addition, we install propane tanks and sell, install, maintain, and repair propane equipment and appliances. Contact us for more information today!