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Using LP Gas & Other Ways To Go Off The Grid

May 17, 2017 / Joshua Prizer / Propane, Propane Tanks

These days, many Americans are looking for ways to become more energy-independent and reduce their dependency on the grid. Using liquified petroleum gas, also known as LPG or LP gas, can be an excellent option and there are also several other options to consider.

While it is derived from natural gas and petroleum refining, LP gas is not a greenhouse gas and will not harm the environment. If you are searching for a greener fuel, LP gas can be an excellent option. LP gas also is a highly efficient fuel source that burns cleaner and hotter than natural gas, coal and wood.

Many people are unaware that you can use LP gas to power more than your home furnace. This fuel can be used to heat the water in your water heater and run your stove, oven, washer, dryer and dishwasher. There are even refrigerators and televisions that run on LP gas. If you purchase propane when the LP gas price is very low, you can power many household appliances for far less than it would cost to use other energy sources.

While LP gas is an ideal option for your off-the-grid lifestyle, there are other options to consider as well. Solar panels, for instance, continue to gain popularity, and there’s no question that solar power also is safe for the environment. In many cases, those using solar panels will still be attached to the grid, so if you do wish to be able to use your solar energy during a blackout, you will need to invest in solar batteries to store power and use as backups during times when the power is out.

Wind power is yet another environmentally-friendly option. Typically, this is a better option for a more rural location. Obviously, you will need a backup energy source, as wind energy can’t be collected if there’s no breeze. Windmills do have several moving parts, so there will be a certain level of maintenance with wind energy that might not occur with solar or LP gas. LP gas tanks do need to have the valves replaced every few years, otherwise, there is little to no maintenance with these systems.

If you live in the suburbs or a city, it is often difficult to consider some of these energy options. Solar panels generally can be installed in homes anywhere in the United States, but wind turbines might be another matter. With LP gas, there is always the possibility that a tank won’t fit in your yard, however the possibility of an underground tank should be explored as this can provide you with energy freedom you want without sacrificing yard space.

While it’s not feasible for many of us to simply purchase a remote property and live fully off the grid, one simple way to lessen your dependence on the grid (and save money) is to simply conserve energy. For instance, you can conserve electricity by simply turning off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use. Install a programmable thermostat so that you won’t run the heater or AC when it’s not needed.

Dry clothes on a clothesline rather than using the dryer, and turn off the heated dry option on your dishwasher. Use rain barrels to store up water for yard irrigation, take shorter showers and wash only full loads in your washer or dishwasher. Replace old appliances with more energy-efficient options, and conduct an energy audit in your home to discover areas where you are wasting energy.

Additionally, if you wish to save money on LP gas, keep your eye out for a low LP gas price. Generally, the LP gas price will be lower if you purchase your propane during the hotter summer months, such as in July or August. Demand for propane is lower at these times, and winter prices often soar simply because so many people are using propane to heat their homes.

If you are interested in making the switch to LP gas, give the team at Thrifty Propane a call today or get started by doing a quick, free price check. Simply go to our homepage and select your state and county and we will send you the current price per gallon in your county.

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