An Introduction to Renewable Propane

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A primer on America’s future energy solution

You’re probably already pretty familiar with propane and how much it can do for your Connecticut home. It’s one of the cleanest and most efficient fuel options available. It’s also extremely versatile. Propane can run a variety of your home’s appliances. And propane appliances run more efficiently (and cost-effectively) than their electric counterparts. That’s good for your budget’s bottom line and the environment. Propane’s efficiency and availability in the US contribute to its low carbon profile. It’s a natural by-product of energy production and doesn’t require any expensive infrastructure for its production or delivery.

What is renewable propane?

Renewable propane is molecularly identical to traditional propane. The two can be mixed and used interchangeably. None of your propane appliances need to be altered in any way to start using renewable propane. The only real difference between traditional propane and renewable propane is where they come from. Because renewable propane isn’t made from fossil fuels, it presents several advantages to the environment.

How is renewable propane made?

Renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials like agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats. It’s commonly a coproduct of biodiesel production. Because renewable propane has so many natural sources, it has the potential to be widely available.

Does renewable propane have environmental benefits?

Yes! Renewable propane benefits the environment in two primary ways:

  1. Landfill diversion: When cooking oils and animal fats are recycled to create biodiesel and renewable propane, less waste ends up in landfills.
  2. Carbon reduction: Renewable propane has a better carbon intensity than other energy sources. In fact, the carbon intensity of renewable propane is up to 5 times better than that of diesel or gasoline and up to 1 ½ times better than that of electricity from the US power grid.

Where is renewable propane being produced?

America has a few renewable propane refineries, and more are in the works. Commercial production plants are also being developed across Europe. Renewable propane represents the next step towards a zero-carbon-emissions future. Visit to learn more.

Hocon is a propane provider you can rely on.

You already know that propane is clean-burning, cost-effective, versatile, abundant, and efficient. Hopefully, you also know that Hocon provides reliable propane delivery at a reasonable price for the residents of central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

You can count on Hocon to deliver your propane on time, every time. Contact us today to learn more or to request a delivery.

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