Propane Isn't Just For Your Barbecue

| by Mike Gersmeyer
Propane Isn't Just For Your Barbecue

More often than not, when people think of propane, they envision a white or silver tank that fuels their outdoor barbecue. But propane — an efficient and clean-burning fuel — can do more than simply cook a burger.

Once considered a low-value byproduct of oil refining and natural gas processing, propane is now used by more than 14 million U.S. families in and around their homes for furnaces, water heaters, cooktops, outdoor grills, and fireplaces, according to the National Gas Propane Industry.

An estimated 3.5 million Americans experience power outages each week, according to the Edison Electric Institute, and many homeowners are installing another propane-fueled appliance to provide their family with peace of mind: a home standby generator.

Home Standby Generators

Standby generators enable homeowners to run appliances such as air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, sump pumps, clothes washers/dryers and lights when a home’s primary utility power supply fails.

Because the standby generator unit and automatic transfer switch are connected to a home’s liquid propane supply during installation, they offer a seamless transition of power and automatically turn on within seconds after detecting that utility power has gone out. When utility power is restored, the home standby generator automatically turns off and switches the home back to the utility line.

To learn more about how propane-fueled standby generators can protect your home and family during a storm or power outage, visit

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