Propane vs. Natural Gas

Which Fuel is More Dependable?

It’s no secret that in Michigan, like many states, natural gas remains the predominant home heating source due to existing infrastructure. But did also you know that Michigan leads the nation in residential propane consumption as well?

It’s true. And when you look at the pros and cons it’s not so surprising that more and more Michigan residents are making the switch.

Propane offers most of the same benefits as natural gas, including super-efficient furnaces, unlimited hot water, cooking stoves, and much more.

And it comes with additional advantages, too.


Propane Is There When You Need It

Although natural gas is pumped directly to your house automatically, the supply is dependent on old and undersized pipelines. This causes supply concerns during the most bitterly cold periods of Michigan winter, when demand is highest.

Propane users don’t have this worry. Yes, you do need to get your tank refilled periodically, whereas natural gas is completely “hands off.” But your local propane provider is happy to do this for you—simply set a schedule, and they’ll handle all the refilling, checking, and maintenance on your behalf.

And because the propane tank is on your property, you can store an adequate supply that’s always ready for immediate use. If a storm or cold snap are coming, you don’t have to just hope for the best—you can plan ahead. Because propane keeps you more “off the grid,” you’re better covered in case of emergency.

Propane is More Efficient and Better for the Environment

Propane is more than twice as efficient as natural gas. One cubic foot of propane can produce around 2,500 BTUs of thermal energy, while natural gas only around 1,000 BTUs.

Although both are a significant improvement over most other fossil fuels, propane burns cleaner than natural gas. While natural gas is classified as a greenhouse gas, propane is not and is safe for the atmosphere even after use.

Propane is Versatile

Using propane for appliances (both indoor and outdoor) gives you a lot more flexibility and versatility than other fuel sources.

Propane is Made in the USA

Although natural gas production in the U.S. has increased in recent years, a large portion of the supply is imported.

By contrast, virtually all the propane used in American is made in America. The United States, in fact, is the world’s largest exporter of propane, because we produce far more than we use. During peak months, more than 1 million barrels a day are now exported to other countries—the number has roughly doubled in just the last half decade.

Switching to propane, then, is a great way to support the domestic economy and improve America’s national energy independence.

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.