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Living With Propane

Propane plays an important role in our everyday lives. It is an efficient energy source for heating and cooking and is widely used in manufacturing and agriculture. Propane is delivered to tanks outside our homes by truck and travels from the tank to our homes by underground pipes. Like any fuel, it must be handled and used with safety and care.

Propane is a liquid hydrocarbon that vaporizes into a colorless, odorless, highly flammable gas. In properly maintained and operated systems, propane is completely safe. However, it can be extremely dangerous if an uncontrolled release of propane occurs. In order to detect an uncontrolled release or leak of propane, an odorant (ethyl mercaptan) is added. This odorant give propane an unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray or a dead animal.

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If you’re not sure you’d recognize the smell of propane, give us a call. We’d be happy to let you smell the propane the next time we are out filling your tank.

More than 90 percent of the United States' propane supply is produced domestically, while 10 percent of the remaining supply is imported from Canada." As an approved, alternative clean fuel, propane is used in numerous ways: residential heating, water heaters, vehicle fuel, generator fuel, pool heating, crop drying, fruit ripening, manufacturing plastic, and many more.

Propane was discovered in 1910 by Dr. Walter Snelling, a chemist. In two short years, development of propane products was underway. Propane continues to grow in usage and products today.

This clean burning fuel is ideal for any environment. Whether in the city, a rural area, camping, or traveling, propane provides a safe and environmentally friendly way to utilize energy.

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