What is propane?
Propane is a hydrocarbon and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas or LPG. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected. When used as vehicle fuel, propane is known as propane autogas. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels and it fulfills energy needs by efficiently giving consumers more value for their energy dollar.
Where Does Propane Come From?
Propane is primarily a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, though some propane is produced from crude oil refinement. U.S. propane supplies are becoming increasingly abundant due in large part to increased supplies of natural gas. As shale gas extraction has increased, the production of propane from crude oil refinement has dropped dramatically. In 2011, 69 percent of the total U.S. supply of propane came from natural gas liquids produced in the U.S. and Canada. Because of the drastic increase in U.S. sources of propane, the U.S. produces more than enough propane to meet current demand and became a net exporter of propane in 2011.
Who uses propane?
Propane is used in 48 million households, as well as in many businesses and industries that increasingly choose propane to cost effectively fuel vehicles and equipment while lowering emissions. People use propane in and around their homes for furnaces, water heaters, indoor cooking, outdoor grills, fireplaces, backup generators and clothes dryers; on farms for pest control, crop drying and irrigation pumps; and for industrial uses such as forklifts and fleet vehicles.
Is propane safe to use in my home?
Yes. Propane has a narrow range of flammability and cannot be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels because it is released as a vapor from a pressurized container. Midwest Gas performs a Safety System Check to ensure that homeowners understand how to properly maintain their propane appliances and enjoy a healthy, safe environment.
What impacts the price of propane for consumers?
Crude Oil and Natural Gas Prices - Because propane is derived from both crude oil and natural gas, its price tracks the prices of those energy sources, particularly the cost of crude oil, since propane competes mostly with crude-oil based fuels for heating.
Seasonal Weather Conditions - Colder temperatures during the winter months increase the demand for propane, particularly for home heating. This, in turn, reduces supplies and leads to higher prices. Propane retailers are prepared to meet the demand but predictions of long-term weather trends are difficult.
International influences - The global propane market is constantly changing. New customers all over the world are turning to propane as a home energy source. As a result there is increased competition for propane.
(Sources: National Propane Gas Association/Propane Education & Research Council, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration)
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Midwest Gas offers a variety of tank sizes, in both aboveground and underground models, for installation at your home or business. In addition to bulk propane refills, delivery exchange service is available for forklift cylinders and 100-pound cylinders. Our customer service staff will be happy to review all options and help you determine what is right for you.
Stop by one of our two locations to purchase fireplace inserts, heaters, portable cylinders, parts and fittings. Come see our live, working fireplace display so you can try it before you buy it. And at Midwest Gas, you'll get the best deal around on small cylinder refills because we charge per pound, not a flat rate, to top off your tank.
Save with Automatic Fill
We provide dependable delivery service by offering all customers a weekly scheduled route day as well as an Automatic Fill program. When you choose the convenience of Autofill, your gas will be delivered at a discounted price per gallon with a second discount given for early payment.
Avoid Surprises with Even Billing
Our Even Billing program provides you with a consistent bill amount and helps you manage the seasonal ups and downs that affect your heating costs. The payment amount is based on the number of gallons you received during the previous year and divided into equal monthly payments.
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If your family, friends or neighbors can benefit from our services, we would appreciate their business. Ask them to mention your name when they are setting up a new account and you will receive a credit on your account good toward your next gas purchase.
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