Propane, better known by many people as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or just LP), is a colorless, non-toxic gas that has virtually no smell and is a safe and efficient energy source for homes, offices, factories, schools, churches, hospitals, and community halls. Widely recognized as “green energy”, it is a by-product of the natural gas used for domestic purposes and is environmentally friendly and safe.
Propane is widely used by consumers, commercial entities, and in numerous industries primarily because it is a cleaner, safer energy source than others. It is also available throughout the US and it’s both efficient and economical, offering substantial savings compared to electricity.
Unlike other sources of fuel, propane cuts carcinogenic and toxic emissions and it is approved as an alternative fuel by both the Clean Air and National Energy Policy Acts – an endorsement of its benefits.
It is commonly used for cooking and to heat water and the interior of buildings. It is also a popular source of fuel vehicles and various types of equipment, including generators.
This is why Mark Heard Fuel chose to offer propane solutions for energy needs more than 60 years ago. And today we continue to take care of propane needs within widespread Georgia communities.
Propane for Homes and Offices
A large percentage of MHF customers are from the domestic and commercial sectors of Georgia. In particular, propane is a particularly popular heat source option for upscale and custom-built homes that aren’t on gas mains.
Nationally, the residential sector consumes about half of all propane sold in the US, and the commercial sector consumes another 22 percent. According to the Department of Energy Information Administration (EIA) the most common uses of propane in homes and offices are:
- Cooking, both indoors and outdoors
- Space and water heating
- Drying clothes
- Backup power
Propane for Landscaping and Agricultural Needs
Propane isn’t just for use inside buildings. It can fulfill many landscaping and agricultural needs too.
The full range of walk-behind, stand-on, and zero-turn-rider commercial lawn mowers are available in propane-powered models. It is also possible to modify some equipment using CARB- (California Air Resources Board) and/or EPA-certified (Environmental Protection Agency) conversion kits.
Propane-fueled equipment is widely used by farmers to run engines and pumps, as well as to heat farm buildings and sheds, and to both dry and process various crops. As a result, hundreds of millions of gallons of propane gas are sold for use in the agricultural sector every year.
Other Uses of Propane
Because it is an approved “clean alternative fuel”, propane is used to power millions of vehicles worldwide. Most commonly, it is used for shuttles, taxicabs, light- and medium-duty trucks, buses, vans, and various government and police vehicles.
Because it has many operational advantages and produces reduced emissions propane also has numerous industrial uses.
Advantages of Propane
Propane gas has proved to be one of the most efficient energy sources on earth and it is regarded as the smart alternative to gasoline and electricity. Advantages include:
- Readily available: Propane is produced in the US and because it is highly portable it can be transported just about anywhere.
- Environmentally friendly: Propane is an approved alternative fuel that is non-toxic and insoluble in water. Its use helps to protect the environment by cutting emissions.
- Very convenient: Portable in liquid form, propane is popular with people on the move, including campers. Stored in environmentally friendly tanks that require minimal maintenance, it can last for as long as 40 years. Furthermore, Mark Heard Fuel Company will deliver propane to your door.
- Safe: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics show that gas is the safest fuel for heating. This is largely due to the strict regulations and codes that relate to the propane industry.
Where to Get Propane Gas
Propane gas is supplied via pipelines to consumers all over the country. Additionally, because it is portable, there are thousands of propane retail stations where it can be purchased.
Mark Heard Fuel Company has two local Georgia offices and supplies directly to customers in Barrow, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Union, and White counties. Whether you need gas on a regular basis or require assistance in an emergency, we are dedicated to providing the best service possible, quickly and courteously.