Not a lot if we are honest! But for one former English professional rugby player, LPG was a real bonus point!
Concerned about the spate of oil theft and the hike in oil prices, our former Leicester Tiger and England A squad, contacted his local supplier to kick-off discussions.
And the benefits have been substantial for him and his family.
Our World Cup hero explained: ‘Changing to LPG fuel has given us all the benefits of being on mains gas – even though we are not! Our below ground tank is easily accessible and out of site. You would think this would cause a number of problems, especially when the fuel is running low and a refill is required. But it’s quite the opposite. The tank’s telemetry technology means that we don’t have to be part of the ordering process – it does it all on its own!’
For both domestic and commercial properties, LPG ticks all the right boxes:
It’s clean – LPG has low particle emissions, low NOx emissions and low sulphur content meaning that it does not pollute the air as much as many other energy sources. LPG can therefore contribute significantly to both indoor and outdoor air quality. Tick!
It’s available – LPG is available right now in quantities that can service the energy needs of millions of people across Europe and the world. Looking forward, LPG will remain in abundance globally for the foreseeable future. It’s an energy source that society can depend on for many years to come. Tick!
It’s secure – due to its dual origins and the fact that it’s easily transportable, LPG offers a secure alternative to other energy sources which are part of a grid system. If one source of LPG is unavailable, then it is always possible to supply it from another one. Not only is LPG produced in large quantities, when it is imported, it arrives from the north, south, east and west. Tick!
It’s portable – LPG can be used practically anywhere. From emergency relief operations to isolated islands to ski resorts at altitude, LPG can reach places other energies cannot. It has a flexible and decentralised distribution network which reaches beyond energy grids, facilitating development and activity in areas with a low population density. Tick!
It’s lower carbon – LPG is a low carbon alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Its combustion emits 33% less carbon dioxide than coal and 15% less than heating oil. LPG also emits almost no black carbon, which scientists now believe is the second biggest contributor to climate change globally and is perhaps the single biggest cause of artic warming. Tick!
It’s efficient – gaseous fuels such as LPG offer inherently high efficiency, an advantage that has been greatly enhanced by the emergence of performance-optimising technology such as condensing boilers and renewable/LPG hybrid systems. In view of the environmental, economic and strategic benefits associated with a reduction of energy demand, a switch to LPG from other less efficient alternatives is a smart move for individual end users and society as a whole. Tick!
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