As we head into fall and start powering up our propane fire pits or call your trusted propane servicer to schedule a delivery, do you think about where propane comes from? You may be wondering what it is, too. Yes, we know propane is a heating source, but how does it turn into a heating source? Let’s discuss! 

What is Propane? 

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas, is a natural by-product of crude oil or the natural gas refining process. Most propane comes from natural gas liquids, primarily from the U.S. and Canada. Propane is more energy-efficient than natural gas, and considered a green fuel!

supply chart explaining how propane is transported

It is a non-toxic, colorless, and naturally odorless liquid. It is important to note that naturally propane is odorless, but once it is compressed to a liquid form, special odorants are added for consumer safety. This is one of the cleanest burning fuels available, burning cleaner than gasoline. 

Why Do People Choose Propane?

First, propane is a clean fuel. Consumers can use propane instead of gasoline or another fuel. It is also more eco-friendly because it reduces greenhouse gasses emitted into the air. Propane is a reliable source of energy.

For most co

nsumers, propane is one of the most affordable fuel options. Since propane domestic propane production is growing, this helps to keep prices down when compared to oil. Since the U.S. produces so much propane, the demand for it easily met, making it a reliable, abundant fuel source.

This fuel source can be used in commercial and residential settings. Many believe propane could be the future choice of fuel due to its versatility and low carbon footprint.

It is important to note that if you have a propane heating system, you either rent your tank from a servicer or you own it. If you choose to rent from a company, like Independence Propane, the company will maintain your tank and propane supply. If you own your tank you are responsible for inspections and other regular maintenance.

employee filling a propane tank for delivery


How to Check Your Propane Levels

Some propane providers will have various plans for you to choose from on your delivery. The most common plans are automatic, on-demand, or fixed delivery. Checking your propane levels will prevent you from running out of fuel. It is recommended that homeowners regularly check their propane tank levels. How do you do this?

  • Locate your propane tank. Above ground tanks should be easy to locate. To look for a buried tank, there should be a small plastic dome that houses the propane valves.
  • Check your tank’s float gauge. Larger propane tanks come with an easy to read float gauge system. The floating element determines the level of propane in your tank. It should show you, approximately, the percentage of fuel left in your tank. The image on the right shows how some are displayed. As you can see, it is easy to check your fuel levels!
  • Know when to refuel. Most fuel suppliers will fill your tank to about 80% of their capacity, underground tanks should not exceed 85%. When the float gauge indicates the tank is around 20-30% of its capacity. Many homeowners opt to fill their tanks when propane prices are at their seasonal low. You can always call your provider to get current, accurate pricing.

Manometer gauge for measuring gas pressure in the compressor.

Running out of your fuel source is never fun. Try to get yourself in the habit of checking your tank regularly. When your furnace runs out of fuel, your provider or a professional will need to restart it. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to refueling your tanks!

If you’re in the Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery, or Northampton county, we will service your propane tank. We offer residential and commercial propane services. When you choose Independence Propane as your propane provider, you’re guaranteed the best propane service and delivery. On top of that, we will never charge you any hidden fees. Visit our website for more information on our services or to contact us!