Propane is Affordable
Propane is a preferred energy source offering exceptional value. This value is achieved through a unique combination of product benefits, including cost-effectiveness, efficiency, reliability, and environmental friendliness.
Our customers trust us to offer very competitive rates, and in fact, quite often our rates are below the average propane rates in the State of Michigan. You can see Michigan’s Average Residential Heating Oil and Propane Price Comparison for yourself.
If you find yourself having trouble affording propane, there are several agencies within Michigan that may be able to help. Download this PDF list of agencies and organizations within western Michigan which may be able to help with a previous or upcoming propane delivery. The State of Michigan also has a website which provides information on the Home Heating Credit, State Energy Relief, and Weatherization programs. You may also visit www.heatingmyhome.org for additional agency information within Michigan.
Propane prices are typically less than the comparable rates for heating oil, gasoline, diesel, and electric. Calculate and compare propane costs via these interactive modules.
Propane is Clean
Propane is an approved clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Substituting propane for other fuels such as gasoline and fuel oil is an economical and viable step toward cleaner air since propane is cleaner-burning and a lower-carbon fuel that burns hotter and more efficiently. Using propane reduces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.
Propane is also nontoxic and insoluble in water. And since it is released as a gas, propane doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue.
Propane is Abundant
Propane is primarily a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, although some propane is produced from crude oil refinement. U.S. propane supplies are becoming increasingly abundant due, in large part, to increased supplies of natural gas. In 2011, 69 percent of the total U.S. supply of propane came from natural gas liquids produced in the U.S. and Canada. With the drastic increase in U.S. sources of propane, the U.S. produces more than enough propane to meet current demand. In fact, in 2011, the U.S. became a net exporter of propane. With up to 56,000 miles of pipeline and nearly 6,000 retail dealer locations nationwide, propane is widely available and easily portable.
The U.S. propane industry has created a vast and safe distribution network to get propane from the source to the customer sites. U.S. Department of Transportation regulations and other codes and standards ensure the safe transport of propane on our highways, railroads, and waterways. However propane reaches you, this wide-ranging distribution system means that even if you live far from the natural gas main or power grid, you can be cooking with gas.
- Propane occurs naturally during oil refining and natural gas processing. These sources supply about 40 and 50 percent of the U.S. propane requirement, respectively.
- Propane can be stored in large tanks and underground facilities or shipped by pipeline, rail, or truck to thousands of “secondary storage” facilities throughout the U.S.
- 7,000 – 12,000 gallon transport and bobtail tanks are built of thick, high strength steel.
- Propane is delivered from 13,500 retail propane storage facilities to nearly 60 million customers throughout the U.S.
Source: Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) – PropaneCouncil.org