Time to Winterize
Propane is Safe
• Propane tanks are made of carbon steel and therefore are 20 times more puncture resistant than tanks filled with ethanol, methanol or gasoline. Propane tanks are developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
• Propane cylinders are equipped with a safety device that cuts off the filling process when the tanks has reached its liquid capacity.
• Propane has the lowest flammability rating of any alternative fuel. Propane will not ignite until it reaches 920 degrees F, while gasoline’s ignition temperature is 430 to 500 degrees F.
• Propane is tasteless, colorless and odorless, and therefore as a safety measure, an odorant is added that smells like rotten eggs.
Propane is Easily Available
• According to the EIA, Michigan uses more propane for residential heating than any other state in the country.
• Almost 90 percent of all propane is produced in the United States.
• Unlike gasoline, propane is delivered right to your home.
Propane is Clean Burning
Propane is Economical
• The price of propane depends on many things: U.S. production, weather, inventory levels and other factors. Propane is one of the least expensive fuels available.
• Keep monthly heating bills low by planning in advance. Fill your propane tank before the start of the heating season - don’t wait until it’s empty. Also, talk with your propane supplier about payment plan options.
• Propane releases less carbon dioxide than ethanol, gasoline, kerosene, bio-diesel, fuel oil and coal, and does not contaminate aquifers or soil.
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes propane as a clean-burning fuel.