Natural Gas for Heat - Advantages Over Propane


Posted on 01 November 2008

When making the choice of how to heat the home, house of worship, or office, the options can be overwhelming. Many people are finding that more than ever, it makes perfect sense to switch from their old, ugly propane tanks to clean burning natural gas to fulfill their heating needs. Natural gas is up to 50% cheaper than all other fuels. All fuel you pay for is the fuel you use. It is a different case entirely with propane. A little more than 5% of the propane paid for just cannot be forced out of the tank, so it can't be used. Think how much that unused propane can add up over the years. Often times, home or office owners call the propane service before the weekend, no matter how much is left in the tank, just in the off chance they could run out. Who wants to live that way, always fearful of being left in the cold when weekends or holidays come around?

It is a constant, reliable source of fuel. There is no "running out" or refilling, and there is only a charge for the amount that is used. If a workplace or home is currently using appliances fueled by propane, usually a simple service call from the local gas utility or furnace repair shop can convert the appliances over to natural gas, most often with little trouble and only a small cost to the consumer. It's lighter than air, so it poses significantly less of a threat than the heavier gas, propane. If the propane tank leaks, a pool of the gas would form and ultimately be absorbed into the ground the tank is mounted on. That is, of course, if it is not accidentally ignited by heat or flame. Remember also, that propane is stored within the tank under extreme pressure, so a puncture or spark of any size could cause an explosion that could result in the loss of life or property.

Propane's advantage, of course can be seen in its portability, and its ease of accessibility in areas where natural gas is not available. But let's not forget, the refilling, the buying of new tanks, what a hassle! Companies are increasing their range in the hopes of creating new customers. Most urban areas in the United States have access to natural gas today, and often times it takes only a phone call to the local provider to find out what it entails to bring the cleanest burning fossil fuel into the home and begin heating it the "natural" way.

About the Author: Bob Jent is the president of Triple Diamond Energy Corp. Triple Diamond Energy specializes in acquiring the highest quality prime oil and gas properties.

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