Differences Between Propane and Electricity

Differences Between Propane & Electricity

Electricity is responsible for charging our cell phones, keeping the lights on, running household appliances, powering the stoplights at intersections, and more. As a society, we are dependent on reliable sources of electricity to power our lives.

Many Americans are concerned about the cost of different energy sources, which is why we decided to write this blog post. If you are having difficulty choosing between propane and electricity, we encourage you to contact your local propane supplier to ask any further questions you might have.


Homeowners and business owners often ask about the differences in cost between propane and electricity. Unfortunately, making a direct comparison between these two energy sources is a difficult process. While propane is measured and distributed in terms of volume, electricity is measured in Kilowatts. Prices are also dependent on the economy and can vary by region.

One way to obtain an accurate cost comparison of propane and electricity is to see how much it costs to run an appliance at the same power level for the same duration of time. In general, it is easiest to contact a reputable propane supplier for energy cost comparison information. With the prices of propane fluctuating, it can be hard to make an accurate estimate on your own. Other factors can affect direct comparisons between propane and electricity such as insulation or the energy efficiency ratings of your appliances.


According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 46.4% of electricity in Michigan was generated from coal-burning power plants in 2015. Most of the coal used for Michigan electricity comes from the Powder River Basin located in Wyoming and Montana and is transported by rail cars.

A small proportion of this coal is from mountaintop removal coal mining. In order to access the rich deposits of coal buried deep within the Appalachian Mountains, entire mountaintops have to be removed through means of powerful explosives. Many environmental activists are against this mining practice because it permanently destroys ecosystems. A desire to protect the environment can be a reason to switch to propane.

Propane gas is an approved clean fuel under the 1990 Clean Air Act. This means that burning propane is more environmentally friendly than burning other fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel, or coal. Propane fuel can help you decrease your carbon footprint because it is a clean burning fuel. With the growing concern over the effects of global warming, more and more Americans are switching to propane.

Propane is a byproduct of natural gas processing, but can also come from crude oil refining. During both of these processes, propane is drawn out of the ground with other hydrocarbons before being isolated from other fuels. From there, it is sent through pipelines or transported via trucks, barges, or rail cars.

If you are interested in our residential propane, commercial propane, or agricultural propane services, please feel free to call one of our Michigan propane suppliers at one of our four locations. Altogas works hard to make sure customers are satisfied with quality propane gas.

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