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Bottled Gas for the House

Where mains gas is not available from the street, many householders elect to go with bottled gas, or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).

The bottles come in a range of sizes, but the size you require depends on how much LPG gas (or propane) is or will be used, where the property and the cylinders are situated.

Bottled gas does not work to be anywhere near as cheap as mains gas does. However, the convenience of having gas for cooking and also cooling and heating, is the more important factor for some families.

Regulators can be positioned between two gas bottles. The regulator has two purposes. Firstly, it limits the gas pressure going to the appliances within the house.

Secondly, it has a manual switch where you can switch between the bottles should one become empty and still need to use gas. Chains are linked around the bottles for safety purposes to prevent them falling.

Appliances Made for LPG

Appliances running off of LPG have to be made to suit this gas, as gas appliances cannot be connected to both natural gas from the street and also LPG bottled gas.

This is due to them being two different gasses, therefore operating under two different pressures. It is dangerous to try and connect one type of gas to an appliance when it is specifically made for the other. If you need assistance, call a professional.

What’s the Difference Between Natural Gas and LPG?

If you’re considering using bottled gas for your home, you might have come across two common options: natural gas and LPG. So, what’s the difference between these two gases?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel found deep beneath the Earth’s surface. It’s composed mainly of methane and is extracted from natural gas fields. Natural gas is supplied through pipelines directly to homes. It’s convenient, as you don’t have to worry about refilling cylinders.

On the other hand, LPG (or propane) is a byproduct of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s stored as a liquid in pressurised cylinders and delivered to homes. Propane is highly portable, making it suitable for areas without natural gas pipelines.

One major difference between the two is their energy content. Bottled gas contains more energy per cubic meter compared to natural gas. This means you might require different appliances or adjustments if you switch between the two.

Additionally, LPG burns cleaner than natural gas, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants. It’s often chosen for its environmental benefits.

Ultimately, the choice between natural gas and propane depends on your location, availability and specific requirements. Consider factors like cost, convenience and environmental impact when making your decision between to the two gases.

Call Plumber Near Me for Gas Services

Residential customers without access to gas mains but looking for an alternative to electricity should consider using propane. Bottled gas has many benefits and is more energy efficient and cost effective than electricity.

Customers who smell gas coming from the LPG tanks or an appliance, call a Plumber Near Me technician immediately for gas leak repairs.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.