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Top 5 Propane Myths

There’s a lot of misinformation about propane that is presented as a fact, and those misinterpreted “facts” end up leading to a lot of confusion about what the capabilities of propane are. Consumers may end up choosing a different energy source because of propane myths, without giving propane fair consideration for the job.

Here are the top 5 myths about propane that we at Blossman Gas hear on a regular basis:

  1. Propane is more expensive than electricity.
    • On average, propane is 27% less than electricity, based on an average kWh cost of $.135 and an average propane per gallon price of $2.69.
  2. Propane is dangerous.
    • According to NFPA, propane accounted for less than 1% of structure fires from 2012-2016, while electrical failures or malfunctions were the leading cause of home fires in the United States.
  3. Propane is hard to get and the supply is undependable.
    • Unlike electricity, propane is a primary energy source, which is almost 100% domestically produced and inventory levels are higher in the United States than at any time in our history.
  4. Propane is not as clean or efficient as electricity.
    • Propane is 93% efficient from its point of origin compared with electricity, which is 35% efficient from its point of origin.
    • Electricity is a secondary energy source; according to the EIA in 2019, 23% of power generation in the United States came from a coal-fired power plant, generating over 966 BILLION kilowatt hours.
  5. Electricity does not have extra fees on their bill.
    • The average fees are “hidden” in your total charges, resulting in a higher per kWh charge, ranging from a low of $10 per month to over $50 per month.  Propane fees are itemized on your bill and are generally no more than $3-$4 per month.
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