Propane vs. gasoline generators

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Standby home generators come in many different sizes and can be fueled in different ways. If you already have a gasoline-powered generator, you may want to consider the benefits of converting it to propane. Or if you’re ready to purchase a new generator, think about propane first. Here’s why.

Safety

Gasoline poses a fire hazard; propane does not. Propane also does not emit toxic fumes the way a gasoline generator does. If not used properly, a gasoline generator can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Availability

Unlike gasoline or diesel, propane can be easily delivered and safely stored on your property. During extended power outages, gasoline may be hard to get.

Longevity

Propane can be stored for an unlimited amount of time. Gasoline often needs to be discarded because it degrades after being in storage awhile.

Reliability

A propane generator will start more easily in very cold weather because it won’t thicken and gel like gasoline.

Environment

Propane produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel and gasoline.