In recent years, consumers have become more environmentally conscious. Many people know that certain combustible fuels, such as the gasoline used in cars, produce emissions that contribute to air pollution and climate change. Other fuels, however, do not produce any harmful byproducts and do not contaminate soil or water if they leak from storage tanks. Propane is one such clean energy source. Here are some facts about propane gas:
Propane Burns Cleanly
Unlike gasoline, propane is a very simple compound, which means that when it burns, it does not produce large quantities of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Propane is safe enough that construction sites use it to power forklifts that operate indoors. You can cleanly power a wide variety of home appliances using propane.
Propane Is Efficient
Because burning propane produces almost no waste gases, it is a more efficient fuel than other sources. Both the 1992 National Energy Policy Act and the earlier Clean Air Act of 1990 list propane as an eco-friendly alternative fuel source. Some propane-fired appliances, such as hot water heaters, function at over 90% efficiency.
Propane Has a Small Carbon Footprint
About 95% of the propane used in the U.S. is produced right here in North America, which means we don’t burn energy shipping it from overseas. Also, propane can be compressed into a liquid form, which allows small tankers to carry large amounts of fuel and deliver it to your home.
If propane is available in your area, a representative from Florida Public Utilities Company can help you start using this clean, environmentally-friendly fuel in your home. You can replace your hot water heater, clothes dryer, and furnace with propane-fired models, or even install a propane-powered backup generator so your home will have electricity in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. If you are considering installing propane-fired appliances in your home, call FPUC today at (561) 832-0872. We also provide electricity and natural gas to customers around the state.
Natural gas is an excellent energy source, especially for appliances such as stoves and tankless water heaters. However, it is also a highly flammable substance, so any gas leaks present a safety hazard. Natural gas, like propane, is both odorless and colorless, so to help homeowners safely detect gas leaks, we add a chemical called mercaptan to make the gas smell like rotten eggs. If you detect this odor, you should:
Immediately Extinguish Any Open Flames
Buildup of natural gas inside your home is dangerous because it could cause an explosion. Turn off all burners and put out any candles or other flames you may have burning inside the home immediately if you notice even a faint trace of the sulfuric rotten egg smell.
Open Doors and Windows
Open as many exterior windows and doors as you can when you suspect you may have a natural gas leak. This measure will allow air to circulate throughout your home, which will help decrease the concentration of gas in the air and reduce the risk of a fire or explosion.
Avoid Using Any Electronics
If the gas odor is very strong, do not flip the switch on any electronics—not even to turn them off. These devices can create sparks or surges that could potentially ignite any natural gas present in the air.
Leave Home and Call Your Gas Provider
Though you may be tempted to call emergency services from within your home the minute you smell a gas leak, this can be a dangerous action. Both landline and cellular phones can create gas-igniting sparks when powering on or off, just like any other electronics. To be safe, place your emergency call from a neighbor’s home.
Immediately call Florida Public Utilities Company at (561) 832-0872 if you suspect there may be a natural gas leak in your home. Do not attempt to locate the leak yourself. Our professional technicians will attend to your emergency and repair any gas line faults they detect.
These days, we all rely on energy to make our lives more comfortable. However, inefficient appliances and wasteful practices take their toll on the environment. To learn more about boosting your home efficiency, call Florida Public Utilities Company at (561) 832-0872.
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