We care deeply about the environment and we take deliberate steps to use sound environmental practices in the operation of our business. These steps include
- Reducing our fleet emissions with propane autogas fuel systems
- Offering electronic invoices and paperless bill payment
- Introducing our Little Kamper zero-waste 1lb propane tank exchange
Our friends at the Propane Education and Research Council shared this helpful compilation of environmental facts related to propane. Please take a moment to educate yourself with this information and share it with your friends!
Propane Chemistry Facts
Propane is a straight-chain alkane, with the carbon atoms structured C-C-C. The middle carbon shares one bond with each of the end carbons and has two hydrogen atoms. The end carbons share a bond with the central carbon atom and are each bonded with three hydrogen atoms. In terms of individual carbon atoms, propane can be expressed as CH3CH2CH3 or C3H8.
Because it vaporizes when exposed to air, propane does not harm soil and has negligible effects on the ozone. Similarly, propane poses no hazard to drinking water or marine ecosystems.
Propane is not mined like battery materials or extracted like oil. It is primarily manufactured from natural gas as a by-product of methane purification.
When combusted, C3H8 transforms into 3CO2 and 4H2O.
Propane only ignites when in the presence of a specific air mixture and an ignition source above 920ºF, making it safer than other fuels.
Propane’s low carbon intensity is why it is an approved clean alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act of 1990.
RENEWABLE PROPANE FACTS
Renewable propane is produced by converting plant and vegetable oils, waste greases, and animal fat into fuel. The process of refining renewable propane delivers a high-energy conversion so BTU’s aren’t wasted, and is price competitive.
At the point of combustion, renewable propane is carbon neutral, meaning no new carbon is added to the atmosphere when renewable propane is burned.
Because renewable propane’s chemical structure and physical properties are the same as propane produced from fossil fuels, renewable propane can be used for all the same applications.
Renewable propane has an ultra-low carbon intensity; as low as 19.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT PROPANE
Propane prevents deforestation by replacing solid fuels such as wood and coal.
The flexible form factor of propane storage makes it easy to install in virtually any environment without disrupting sensitive habitat.
Propane is electric grid free making it a valuable partner energy source at solar and wind generation facilities when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.
More than four million people die annually in the developing world due to indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels like wood and dung – more than deaths from malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. The Cooking for Life campaign has a goal of transitioning one billion people from cooking with dirty and dangerous fuels to clean-burning propane.
A 500-gallon tank can hold enough propane to meet the annual energy needs of an average single-family home.
A typical ASME bulk propane tank has a useful lifespan of between 30 and 40 years, is made from 85% recycled steel, and is 100% recyclable after service. The brass fittings used in the tank are made from a high percentage of recycled brass and are 100% recyclable.