Propane and the Environment

Our fuel marries superior performance and low emissions

How can you ensure year-round comfort for your family while doing your part to respond to the challenges of climate change?

Each choice that homeowners make has an effect on their emissions. Beck & Root Propane delivers an eco-friendly product that was listed as an alternative fuel in both the National Energy Policy Act and the Clean Air Act. Propane offers a viable way for households in Central and Southwestern Oklahoma to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing comfort or breaking the bank.

Propane’s effect on the environment

Since it’s a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining, propane production requires no additional drilling. Propane has a far lower carbon intensity — the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to generate a certain amount of energy — than gasoline, diesel and even Oklahoma’s grid-based electricity.

Propane contains no methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas. Additionally, propane emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen. Even in the rare event of a leak, propane has no detrimental impact on the air, the soil, water, aquatic life, marine life or plant life.

Propane equipment is amazingly efficient

Further improving the environmental performance of propane-powered homes, propane equipment tends to have exceptional energy efficiency. Today’s propane furnaces boast fuel efficiency rates of up to 98.5%. Almost no heat energy escapes your home and out into the atmosphere. Moreover, propane water heaters can have hot water recovery rates that are roughly twice as fast as those of electric units.

Overall, propane produces 52% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the equivalent amount of grid-generated electricity, based on national averages.

And propane is becoming even greener!

Renewable propane — paving the way to net-zero emissions

You may not be using renewable propane in your home right now, but its production footprint is growing rapidly. Soon, Oklahoma households will be using it to decarbonize even further.

Renewable propane is chemically identical to conventional propane, meaning it can be used in existing equipment without modification. It’s made with recycled and organic feedstocks, like cooking grease, animal fats, forest waste, municipal waste and vegetable oils. The resulting fuel generally has a carbon intensity that’s only one-quarter that of conventional propane — and 19% that of Oklahoma’s grid electricity. Research into new feedstocks and blends is happening now and will take that carbon impact even lower!

Want to see how environmentally friendly propane can transform your home? Contact the experts at Beck & Root Propane.

Better with Propane