Generator Fuel: Five Benefits of Propane and Natural Gas

| by Mike Gersmeyer
Generator Fuel: Five Benefits of Propane and Natural Gas

Powered bya home’s natural gas or liquid propane fuel source, standby generators offer families peace of mind during emergency situations by providing a  continuous supply of power. A standby generator, sometimes referred to as a home generator, enables homeowners to run appliances like sump pumps, air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers/dryers and lights when utility power is down.

The two fuel sources — liquid propane and natural gas — that can power a home generator offer many benefits over other generator fuels such as fuel oil and gasoline.

Which Generator Fuel Is Right For You?

When choosing a generator fuel source, your choice between propane and natural gas often depends on the location of the home utilizing a standby generator. Many homes located on the city grid are connected to natural gas. This gas is used to power space heating and appliance needs, including standby generators. For homes not located on a natural gas service network or in more rural locations, however, it can be extremely cost prohibitive to extend the natural gas line to an existing home or build site to power home appliances or a natural gas generator. In this instance, propane is the fuel of choice. An additional bonus to having a propane generator is that the propane can be stored in tanks on the property.

Benefits of Choosing a Propane or Natural Gas Generator 

There are a handful of benefits to buying a propane generator or natural gas generator including:

  • Safe: natural gas and propane are colorless, tasteless and nontoxic with an identifying odor added for easy detection1
  • Affordable: natural gas and propane prices have fallen relative to gasoline, diesel and home heating oil due to the growing supply2
  • Abundant
  • Convenient: natural gas is delivered to a home through ground pipes5 while propane is readily available due to the approximate 70,000 miles of interstate pipelines and more than 25,000 retail dealers1
  • Storage life: natural gas and propane do not go bad with time, whereas gasoline may cause problems if it’s not stored properly and used often

Visit www.gegenerators.com to learn more about natural gas and propane standby generators.

1 http://www.tayloroilandpropane.com/benefits-of-propane.html

2 http://www.encana.com/natural-gas/natural-gas-101/benefits.html

3 http://www.alagasco.com/Safety-and-Education/Benefits-of-Natural-Gas-189.html

4http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/lpg.shtml

5http://www.pseg.com/business/small_large_business/convert/advantages.jsp


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