Renewable Propane vs. Conventional Propane: What Will Be The Difference?

Renewable propane is on the horizon and becoming more available every day. If you purchase propane for your Western Massachusetts home’s heating and appliances, you may not know that there are two types of propane: renewable and conventional. Both renewable and conventional propane are efficient, non-toxic fuels that have low emissions making it a great eco-friendly option for your home. But which fuel is better? Read below to learn why FSi believes renewable propane, when widely available, will be a superior fuel choice.

How is Conventional Propane Made?

Conventional propane is a byproduct of natural gas extraction as well as crude oil refining.  After drilling for natural gas, propane and other gases like are taken from the raw natural gas to keep the pipelines from not condensing. It is then liquified, becoming what is known as Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and brought to distributers to deliver to consumers.

In the crude oil refining process, crude oil is divided into other fuels like gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating fuel. The refinery process determines how much propane is extracted from crude oil, but the final propane product is in liquid form.

How is Renewable Propane Made?

Renewable propane is a non-fossil fuel produced from inexpensive and readily available raw materials like agricultural waste, algae, and cooking oil. Because it is made from these raw materials, it is much cleaner than other fuel options and has even lower emissions than conventional propane. Renewable propane is not completely available yet, so your ability to get it delivered to your home is just over the horizon.

Renewable Propane is More Sustainable

Because conventional propane relies on natural gas supply, as well as the abundance of crude oil, renewable propane is much more sustainable and reliable for long term fuel use. As environmental protection laws seek to limit the ability to drill for oil and fossil fuels, creating renewable propane from raw materials that would otherwise be discarded creates a unique opportunity to turn trash into treasure.

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What This Means for You

As laws to combat climate change continue to push for stricter emissions on fuels, the idea of renewable propane gives consumers a great environmentally friendly option. Not only that, but if your home heating systems and appliances already run-on conventional propane, you do not need to install a new system or purchase new appliances. Renewable propane will be compatible with your current system so you can fuel up your home the cleanest way possible. While it is not yet available to be delivered, the team at FSi looks forward to providing this fuel as soon as it is ready. Call us today to learn more about our clean propane options!