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Propane Generators Power Over the Competition

With the winter weather fast approaching, the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) lists seven reasons why you should consider purchasing a propane generator:

Generators were hot items in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and remain so in areas prone to weather- or capacity-related outages.

Fueling gasoline or diesel generators was another challenge. Customers faced long lines and dwindling supplies at the few gas stations able to operate in the weeks after the storm.

Such scarcity makes propane a compelling alternative generator fuel when the power grid fails. Here are some other reasons why:

1) Propane is easier to access during natural disasters.

Epic lines and exhausted supplies were the norm at scores of gas stations after Hurricane Sandy. Most stations couldn’t operate until power was restored, which took as long as 19 days in some areas. Unlike gasoline and diesel, propane can be stored on your property in a sealed tank or cylinder, giving you independence from gas stations.

2) Propane-fueled generators can be tailored to your precise power needs.

Propane generators are available in sizes ranging from small portable models to whole-house standby systems. A permanent home standby generator can deliver up to 125 kilowatts of power. Within seconds of an outage, this generator can automatically supply power directly to a home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage.

A portable generator can provide 10,000 watts or more of dependable power, which is enough to fuel an array of home systems, such as kitchen appliances, air conditioners, computers, and televisions.

3) Propane has a longer shelf life.

Propane’s indefinite shelf life makes it an ideal fuel for a back-up generator, which can sit idle for several months between uses. Diesel and gasoline supplies can degrade in a matter of months, or even weeks in storage, failing to power generators when they’re needed most.

4) Propane generators can require less maintenance.

Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, resulting in less engine wear and lower maintenance costs. Gasoline and diesel generators require regular fuel maintenance involving additives or, in some cases, the costly and hazardous process of flushing and replacing deteriorated fuel. A propane generator doesn’t require any fuel maintenance, other than ensuring your tank is adequately full.

5) Propane is safer.

Propane is stored in sealed above-ground tanks, underground tanks or cylinders, so there’s no risk of spillage. It’s also a nontoxic, nonpoisonous fuel that doesn’t contaminate aquifers or soil. By contrast, as little as one gallon of spilled gasoline can quickly contaminate groundwater above drinking water health advisory levels. Propane’s high ignition point, 940 degrees Fahrenheit, makes it less of a fire hazard than gasoline, which ignites at 430 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

6) Propane is greener and cleaner.

Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. As a low-carbon alternative fuel, propane produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel and gasoline in a wide range of applications. The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio has conducted numerous studies on propane emissions and determined that using propane cuts smog-producing exhaust by as much as 70 percent.

7) Propane can efficiently manage other systems around the home.

The same propane supply that fuels your generator can also handle your home’s heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes-drying needs. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers information about propane’s versatility at

Propane can also be more affordable thanks to PERC’s Propane Heat & Power Incentive Program. This program provides a financial incentive to qualifying participants who purchase and use eligible propane-fueled products, including certain generator sets. Feedback from the program will be used to supplement future product development and research. Learn more at

With AmeriGas, you get more than just a propane supplier – you get a propane expert and partner. Since 1959, our mission continues to provide you with the most reliable, safest, and responsive propane service in the nation. If we can assist you with your propane needs please contact us today.

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  1. Posted June 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Propane generators are protect home and business by supplying emergency electric. I think the small portable size generator is perfect for home and small business. Thanks for sharing such a informative and helpful post.

  2. Posted July 30, 2015 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    I agree a propane or gas generator for that matter is the way to go. Its much cleaner burning fuel, and you wont have that smell of diesel. The Generac 20K is an awesome machine for home use and supports LPG. Thanks for sharing

  3. Posted October 29, 2015 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Diesel Generator are reliable backup sources mentioned above, massive generators are used in hospitals and commercials places with automatic start options.

  4. Posted November 10, 2015 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    I have a story. It’s a great example how propane is the best choice for a portable generator.

    We were at home and the power went out. At the time were out back barbecuing. But the music turned off and the lights did too. We lit up some candles and finished cooking the food. THen we unhooked the propane and hooked it up direct to our propane generator. We had literally bought it the week before.

    It’s just great having multiple appliances that use propane around the home.

    Great article and tips. Let’s spread the word about propane.!!

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