Propane: the efficient choice for Minnesota

Almost all of the propane you use is made in America, and most of it comes from the production of natural gas. When natural gas is removed during the refining process, there remains a mix of different gases, including propane.

U.S. Propane Exports Increasing

U.S. propane export chart

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and U.S. Dept. of Commerce; numbers reflect exports in thousands of barrels per day.

So which is better: propane or natural gas?

Natural gas supply is dependent on old, undersized pipelines, which causes supply concerns during periods of cold weather and high demand. Having a propane tank on your property gives you the ability to store an adequate supply that’s always ready for immediate use.

Propane gas is easy and safe to transport because it gets compressed into a liquid. All of this liquid petroleum gas (LPG) then gets stored inside large tanks until your propane company delivers it to you.

Many of the things people like about natural gas are benefits of propane as well. This includes super-efficient furnaces, unlimited hot water, cooking stoves, and much more.

If you’re thinking about expanding your use of propane in your home, please contact your local propane company to learn more about your options.


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