Propane - A Profile

You might not even realize it, but over the last 105 years, propane has become a huge part of American life. Originally discovered right here in the United States by Dr. Walter Snelling in 1910, propane is the cheapest, most energy-efficient energy source available to American homeowners. When Dr. Snelling first discovered propane, he was shocked to find that a single bottle of the clear, odorless gas could power a home for up to three weeks. He'd be even more shocked to learn of the thousands of ways propane is used in the modern world.

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Now, Americans use more than 20 billion gallons of propane every single year. After all, it's a cheap, clean, efficient energy source. In 1990, the U.S. government officially listed propane as a clean alternative energy source under the United States Clean Air Act. Propane is proven to be non-toxic, and even a tank spill has essentially zero lasting environmental impact.

The number of ways we use propane today are nearly limitless. Cars and forklifts, water heaters and hot tubs, grills and hot air ballons - all of them are powered by propane. From the manufacturing sector to tourism, propane really is the life blood of the American economy. As technology continues to advance, we're discovering new applications every day. After all, there's always use for a clean, efficient, non-toxic fuel source.

Best of all, 97% of the propane we use in America is produced right here at home. That's more than 50,000 jobs for hard-working Americans like you. Those 50,000 workers help power more than 48 million homes all across the country. Even with propane usage steadily rising, the United States actually produces a surplus, which allows us to export this clean, safe fuel to the rest of the world and drive economic growth.

Whether you're eating a freshly grilled burger from a propane grill, taking a nice hot shower thanks to a propane water heater, or just going to a store to buy goods that were loaded on a propane-powered forklift, propane has a huge impact on your way of life. Call your friends at Griffis Gas today to learn more about what Northeast Florida's premier propane service can do for you and your family. It's the best decision you'll ever make.

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2015
By: Hank Griffis

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Safety Tips

Tip 5: Don't run out of gas!

Serious safety hazards, such as fire or explosion can result. If your storage tank gets empty or depleted, air and moisture can enter. This can cause a build-up of rust inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell. If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.