What is The Difference Between Heating Oil and Propane

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As we close out the month of October, there is no better time to order your heating oil or propane for your home. Today we will review the differences between heating oil and propane.

There are six ways someone can heat their home:

  1. Coal
  2. Wood
  3. Electricity
  4. Heating oil
  5. Natural gas
  6. Propane

Today we will compare heating oil vs propane. Electricity is another popular way to heat a home but it can be very expensive depending on your personal usage.

About Heating Oil:

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Heating oil is a low viscosity, liquid petroleum product used as a fuel oil for furnaces or boilers in buildings. Home heating oil is often abbreviated as HHO.

Benefits of Using Heating Oil:

  1. Efficient – modern Oilheat systems perform at 85-95% efficiency or higher.  This means that for every dollar you spend on heating oil 85-95 cents worth of heat and hot water is delivered to your home. Oilheat is the efficiency leader.
  2. Clean – Today’s Oilheat is 95% cleaner than it was in 1970.  Modern Oilheat systems create absolutely no soot, dirt, or odors in the home.  It is as environmentally friendly as gas.        
  3. More Popular – 28.6 million Americans depend on the comfort and savings of Oil heat to heat their homes.               
  4. It’s Abundant – No need to worry about world oil supplies. With over 36 oil-producing countries, Lykins Energy Solutions maintains a constant supply of heating oil.
  5. Safe – heating oil is non-explosive, in fact it will not even burn in a liquid state. Not like other heating sources, which will burst into flames. 
  6. Cozy and Warmer – an Oilheat flame burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, heating your home and water faster than any other heating source ever could.
  7. Economical – annual heating costs for Oilheat are consistently lower than natural gas or electricity, especially if your heating supplier offers a price cap or guaranteed price program. The Department of Ecology studies indicate that oil heats 16% more efficiently than natural gas.

About Propane:

“Propane — sometimes known as liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG — is a gas normally compressed and stored as a liquid. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless; an identifying odor is added so it can be detected. Propane is commonly used for space and water heating, for cooking, and as fuel for engine applications such as forklifts, farm irrigation engines, fleet vehicles, and buses; however, its applications are rapidly growing due to new technology developments. When used as vehicle fuel, propane is known as propane auto-gas.” -propane.com

Propane is used in the following ways:

  1. Fireplaces
  2. Furnaces
  3. Cook Stoves
  4. Ventless Heaters / fireplaces
  5. Clothes dryers
  6. Gas Grills
  7. Pool Heaters
  8. Outdoor Heating
  9. Water Heaters
  10. Grain Dryers
  11. Weed Control
  12. Temporary Heating
  13. Commercial Heating 
  14. Auto Fuel
  15. Fork Lifts
  16. Generators
  17. Lawnmowers
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Benefits of Using Propane:

  1. VIP Autofill option (A program that guarantees that you never run out)
  2. Competitive pricing
  3. Easy credit and budget billing plans
  4. Certified drivers and certified technicians.
  5. Reliable propane supply
  6. Locally owned business
  7. New tanks and accessories

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https://www.lykinsenergy.com/residential

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