What Is Renewable Propane?

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Propane is everywhere. It’s versatile, efficient, and one of the cleanest fuel options out there. There’s a lot propane can do for your Connecticut home. It can run a variety of appliances inside and outside your home—from the clothes dryer to the grill.

Since propane appliances run more efficiently and therefore more cost-effectively than their electric counterparts, using propane is good for your budget and the environment. Propane is also a plentiful resource created here in the US, so you don’t need to worry that geopolitical events will interrupt or affect its availability. And because it’s a natural by-product of energy production, it doesn’t require any expensive infrastructure for its production or delivery.

An introduction to renewable propane

At the chemical level, renewable propane is practically identical to traditional propane. The two can be mixed and used interchangeably. All of your propane appliances are able to use renewable propane right now without any modifications. The primary difference between traditional propane and renewable propane is their source.

Making renewable propane

Renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials like agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats. It is often a coproduct of biodiesel production. Because renewable propane has so many natural sources, like traditional propane, it has the potential to be widely available. And because renewable propane isn’t made from fossil fuels, it presents several advantages to the environment.

Renewable propane’s environmental benefits

Renewable propane is beneficial to the environment in two main 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 most other energy sources. In fact, the carbon intensity of renewable propane is up to 5 times better than that of diesel fuel or gasoline and up to 1 ½ times better than that of electricity from the US power grid.

Where renewable propane is produced

America has a few renewable propane refineries, and more are in the works. For example, California’s AltAir Fuels produces renewable propane as a coproduct of sustainable jet fuel. In Europe, even more commercial production plants are being developed. 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.

Propane is clean-burning, cost-effective, versatile, abundant, and efficient. Hocon is a reliable propane provider serving the residents of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

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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