We recently had a customer ask us this question:
For some neighborhoods natural gas seems to be popular yet in other neighborhoods the common choice is propane. What’s the difference? -Anna T
This is a great question! Lets dig into the similarities and differences.
Both are Fossil Fuels
Propane and natural gas are both considered to be fossil fuels, although propane is considered to be the greener option because natural gas is considered to be a greenhouse gas and is harmful to the environment when released. Propane does not have this same negative effect.
Natural gas remains in a gaseous state and is piped directly into your home whereas propane is compressed into its liquid form and is stored in an above or below ground tank on your property.
Propane is more efficient
Propane delivers more BTU’s (measurement of heat) than natural gas. This means you need twice as much natural gas as propane to deliver the same amount of energy.
Due to the differences in oxygen needed to burn efficiently, appliances are configured either to burn natural gas or propane, although most can be converted with a manufacturer’s approved kit.
You will have to maintain a vendor relationship with a propane provider vs. natural gas. While this may seem as a negative, it also gives you the flexibility to shop providers for the best propane price. With natural gas, you don’t have this benefit.
There you have it! For a more technical comparison or other questions, feel free to call our office at 904.417.6470