Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a natural hydrocarbon fuel made up of Propane and Butane. Developed by a Dr Walter in 1910, LPG is an indispensable component in many households and motor vehicles. It is an ideal fuel for several uses around the home, from domestic central heating and cooking to living room flame fire effects. LPG is also used in the motoring industry where it is known as Autogas and it is the third most extensively used fuel for transportation in the world. LPG is recognised as a more environmentally friendly fuel option as it emits less carbon dioxide than other rural fuels. It is also a cheaper, greener fuel choice and it costs less than oil per litre – about 50% cheaper than petrol.
Below are some benefits of LPG:
- Fuel cost savings – LPG has had its duty reduced twice in the last two budgets
- LPG is safer than diesel or petrol in vehicles due to stronger tanks (when using approved installers)
- Reduced maintenance levels in vehicles (costs on spark plugs, piston rings and valves are reduced)
- Clean emissions in vehicles – environmentally friendlier to use in public areas
- Usage time can be extended according to cylinder size meaning you get more for your money
- Fire risk considerably reduced with minimal chance of fuel leakage
- No storage problems compared with petrol
- LPG is portable – it can easily be transported and stored
- No reduction in performance – power outputs do not change in vehicles
- The environmental advantages of LPG for vehicles are indisputable
- LPG tanks can easily be changed or switched over when empty
Hence liquefied petroleum gas is a versatile form of energy that can be used for many applications. Unlike other conventional fossil fuels, LPG is not only cheaper but also cleaner and less harmful to our environment. As the price of petroleum in the motor industry continues to rise, converting to LPG is a wise decision for individuals and companies with fleets of vehicles. Many people have already switched and recent estimates suggest there are around four million vehicles using LPG as an alternative to petroleum in Europe.
In households, LPG is not only a flexible option but a safe fuel to use with a narrow range of flammability. Convenience also plays a role because bulk LPG tanks can be used to store the fuel and they can easily be refueled when the gas runs out. Thus liquefied petroleum gas has many significant environmental and financial benefits.