Energy efficient and cost effective, propane is part of the path toward a carbon-neutral future.

What Is Propane and How Is it Made?

propaneOften referred to as a “green” energy—propane is a highly efficient fuel. Approximately 90% of the propane supply in the United States is generated domestically. The bulk of that comes from natural gas processing.

What Are the Benefits of Propane?

As a heating and fuel option for your home, propane has many benefits. It offers homeowners energy security and has an average efficiency of more than 90%. This means it is easy and quick to heat up, which is a definite perk if you’re used to having an electric water heater. As a result of its efficiency, propane is also cost-effective. You’ll see the benefits of this on your fuel bills, especially if you use propane to run appliances, like your stove or clothes dryer, in your home. And friends and family will love it if you extend your backyard time in the summer with propane-powered patio heaters, pool and spa heaters, firepits and more.

Off-the-Grid Living

For individuals or families who prefer or need to be off the grid, propane presents a secure, ideal solution. If you’re in an area with spotty utility service, you won’t have to worry about losing power based on geography—or weather. And with your tank right on your property, you can avoid concerns about supply within the community.

What’s That Smell?

Have you ever wondered, what propane smells like, only to realize that the aroma is that of rotten eggs? This is accurate—and it’s intentional. Here’s a bit of background: In its natural state, propane is odorless. An odorant is actually added to propane so that it’s easy for homeowners to detect a leak. If you smell propane in or around your home, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Leave the home or building immediately, and bring anyone who’s there with you.
  2. Put out any open flames, cigarettes or other possible source of ignition.
  3. Reach the gas shutoff valve on your tank or cylinder—but only if you can get to it safely—and turn it off.
  4. DO NOT touch any electric switches or other devices while you’re in the vicinity of the leak. This includes phones and thermostats.
  5. AFTER you have relocated, call your local propane dealer, or local first responders, right away. Do not email your dealer if you’re having an emergency.

Here’s the bottom line: The diversity of fuel options in Maine allows for increased security, efficient energy consumption and optimized safety.