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7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Philadelphia Propane

April 21, 2017 / Joshua Prizer / Propane

Every once in a while, we enjoy sharing some interesting facts with our customers, and if you are one of our Philadelphia propane customers, you might enjoy learning a bit about the source of energy you use on a daily basis. Here are 7 facts that you might not have known about your Philadelphia propane.

1. Propane Is A Fairly Recent Discovery
In the grand scheme of things, our use of propane as an energy source for heating and cooking is relatively recent. In fact, propane was not discovered until about 1910 when a chemist named Walter Snelling separated the various components of gasoline and discovered propane and butane. Within just a few years, propane was used to cook food and power vehicles.

2. Propane Is Used By Millions Of Americans
If you use our Philadelphia propane then you are aware that many people living in cities and suburbs use propane. However, many people mistakenly believe that only people in rural areas use propane for heating, cooking, drying clothes and other tasks. In fact, more than 60 million Americans use propane as their main heating source.

3. Propane Has Many Uses
While your Philadelphia propane might be used for heating your home and running various appliances, there are many other applications of this versatile fuel. As we mentioned previously, the first propane-powered vehicle hit the roads in the early 1900s, and today about 4 million vehicles run on propane around the globe. Additionally, propane is used for crop drying, fruit ripening and other agricultural purposes. Of course, many businesses use propane, as well, including restaurants, hotels and laundromats.

4. Your Propane Is Produced In The United States
Virtually all of the propane you use for heating and other tasks has been produced domestically. About 90 percent of the propane we use is produced in the United States and most of the rest comes from either Canada or Mexico. Propane is created during the process of petroleum refining, and once it has been created, it is place in giant salt caverns until it is ready to be shipped by truck, train or pipeline.

At Thrifty Propane, our Philadelphia propane comes from Texas via pipeline. We purchase our propane this way because the pipelines are federally regulated and the propane is tested three times each day to ensure quality.

5. Propane Can Be Used For More Than Heating & Cooking
We all know that your Philadelphia propane can be used to run your furnace, stove and clothes dryer, but propane can be used for much more than that. Other propane appliances include water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers and even television, air conditioning systems and refrigerators. To learn more, click on the Thrifty Direct or Propane Appliances tabs on our homepage and you will discover just how many propane appliances are available.

6. Propane Is A Liquid & A Gas
Propane is also known as liquefied petroleum gas or LPG. When it is compressed and placed into a special type of tank or cylinder, you can transport it as a liquid. One of the coolest things about propane is that when it is in the liquid form, it is more than 250 times more compact than it is when it is in the gas form.

7. Propane Is A Green Fuel
Many people are surprised to learn that their Philadelphia propane is classified as the clean, green fuel by the United States Government. Propane is not a greenhouse gas and will not pollute the environment. If spilled, it also will not harm water or soil.

If you would like to switch to Thrifty Propane as your Philadelphia propane supplier, give us a call today. We deliver propane to homes throughout Philadelphia as well as Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania.

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