As infrastructure around Lake of the Ozarks develops, many residents may now have choices for their heating needs. Natural gas will soon be available to a larger area than ever before. In some areas, those who have traditionally heated with propane or wood will now have choices.
Electric, propane and wood have been common heating sources in the lake area.
Until now, the only areas where natural gas was available was to some Ameren Missouri customers. Whether residents choose propane or natural gas, there are advantages to using either source.
Natural gas is a naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbons that is colorless, shapeless and odorless, according to Encana, a leading North American energy producer focused on providing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.
Propane is a hydrocarbon produced from the combination of natural gas processing and crude oil refining.
Propane is non-toxic, colorless and odorless, according to Propane Education & Research Council, an organization that promotes the use of odorized propane
For both natural gas and propane, an identifying odor is added to identify the gas.
Encana stated natural gas is a “versatile energy source” used to provide electricity to many applications, including home heating, cooling and cooking. Natural gas is also used as fuel for transportation and is used for manufacturing and industrial uses.
Propane is a versatile fuel used in everyday uses. According to Propane Education & Research Council, more than 14 million families use propane to fuel everyday appliances including heaters, furnaces, outdoor grills, free ranges and air conditioning units. Propane is also used on over 865,000 U.S. farms.
In accordance to natural gas and the economy, Encana stated on its website that natural gas lasts up to 100 years based on the current usage, and continues to develop new technologies.
Natural gas, when used as a transportation fuel, saves the consumer 20 to 30 percent.
Propane is a safe fuel that maintains a narrow range of flammability in comparison to other petroleum products.
“In order to ignite, the propane-air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor.
If the mixture contains less than 2.2 percent gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6 percent, it is too rich to burn,” according to Propane Education & Research Council.
Propane is listed as an approved clean fuel by U.S. Government energy policy makers and energy administrative bodies.
The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX has conducted numerous studies on propane emissions and determined that using propane cuts smog producing exhaust by as much as 70 percent.
Additionally, many propane fueled vehicles are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as meeting the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standard.
Page 2 of 2 - Local residents will maintain an abundance of advantages in the near future with the option for either propane or natural gas as an energy source.