At Star Tex Propane, we believe home comfort, affordability and green energy can exist together. We always want to ensure that we’re providing home fuel at a fair price and that the fuel we provide isn’t harmful to the planet.
Happily, propane is a green fuel, and industry research is yielding an even more environmentally friendly product.
Conventional propane is a natural co-product of gas extraction and oil refining. No new wells need to be drilled to extract it. Additionally, almost all propane used in America is domestically produced. As the number one U.S. state for the production of crude oil and natural gas, Texas is a major propane storage and distribution hub. So transportation of propane to Central Texas homes has a minimal carbon impact.
Overall, propane has a lower carbon intensity (CI) than gasoline, diesel and American grid-based electricity.
While natural gas has a slightly lower CI than propane, it’s primarily composed of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Propane is methane-free and contains virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.
While conventional propane is an eco-friendly home energy source already, it’s becoming even greener.
Renewable propane isn’t in widespread use yet, but its production increases considerably each year.
What is renewable propane? It’s a fuel that is molecularly identical to conventional propane, but it’s made with recycled and organic feedstocks, including used cooking oil, animal fats, woody biomass, municipal waste, soybean oil and inedible corn oil.
These feedstocks are plentiful and inexpensive. The renewable propane production process has a small environmental impact, so the overall CI of renewable propane is typically equivalent to around 25% of the CI of conventional propane — and about 15% of the CI of Texas grid electricity!
In 2021, the U.S. produced about 4.6 million gallons of renewable propane, and that number continues to rise. We anticipate that by 2030, renewable propane, along with conventional propane and other innovative blends, will be the most widely available, affordable and accessible zero-carbon solution in this country!
Feel free to reach out to our team with any questions about the fuel we deliver.