Propane in Minnesota—the Single Fuel Solution

Posted: October 20, 2017

Energy efficiency and safety

Propane is the cleanest and most versatile fuel for many appliances. It can not only heat your home, propane can also power everything from water heaters, generators and stoves/cooktops to fireplaces, clothes dryers, outdoor grills, space heaters and more.

Propane also happens to be a reasonably priced fuel. But that’s just for starters. Look at all these other benefits.


Because of the clean burning characteristics of propane, virtually little maintenance is required to retain the high efficiencies of propane fueled equipment. Because propane is nontoxic and doesn’t pose a threat to soil and water (above or below ground), it is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.


The installation of new propane heating equipment generally requires an initial investment that is typically 20-40% less than comparable oil heating equipment. Propane equipment also generally lasts much longer than oil-fired systems and electric heat pumps. Additionally, propane appliances are also 40-60% less expensive to operate than comparable electric appliances. Compare propane vs. electricity.


Every propane appliance is made with safety shut-offs and most appliances are equipped with electronic ignition systems to give you years of trouble-free operation. Propane has one of the best safety records in the industry today. To make sure you always use propane safely, please go here.


Virtually all of the propane consumed in the U.S, is produced in North America. Supply is so abundant that our country now exports 10 billion gallons per year—enough to power four million fleet vehicles or 12 million homes.


Propane appliances typically reduce energy costs, delivering better value and comfort than other heating sources. With a clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of fuel is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted. Today’s propane furnaces are now 97% efficient.


Propane tanks can be installed just about anywhere, above or below ground. Unlike oil tank installations, propane tanks can be set at a lower grade than the appliance it’s fueling, without the groundwater contamination problems associated with underground oil tank installations.

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