What is LPG or LP Gas?
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is the generic name for propane and butane gas. They are both a mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as a fuel in heating appliances and vehicles, and increasingly replacing chlorofluorocarbons as an aerosol propellant and a refrigerant to reduce damage to the ozone layer.
Why is it called Liquefied Petroleum Gas?
This is because these gases liquefy under moderate pressure and they readily vaporize upon release of pressure. At normal temperatures and pressures, LPG will evaporate. Because of this, LPG is stored in steel tanks. In order to allow for thermal expansion of the liquid gas, these tanks are filled between 80% and 85% of their capacity. The ratio between the volumes of the vaporized gas and the liquefied gas varies depending on composition, pressure and temperature, but is typically around 250:1. LPG is heavier than air, and thus will flow along floors and tend to settle in low spots, such as basements. This can cause ignition or suffocation hazards if not dealt with.
The Overriding reason to use LPG Gas in South Africa:
It is not only the infrastructure that is cheaper. LPG is between 10% and 30% cheaper than electricity in South Africa. In five years, it will be between 40% and 60% cheaper as Eskom’s tariff hikes continue.
Let us take the average electricity guzzler in everyday homes, this little home appliance is an essential but a necessary evil, it consumes vast amounts of electricity which you have no control over the cost BUT with LPG not only is it on average far cheaper but take a look at these facts:
- 9KG LPG cylinder - last around 2-4 months!
- 19kg LPG cylinder - lasts around 4-8 months!
- 48kg LPG cylinder - lasts around 12-24 months!
* on the average gas stove, used responsible and with in reason
LPG Gas not only provides an affordable alternative for the ever cash strapped South African but provides a cost that you have more control over. It is an environmentally safer solution reducing less harmful emissions, up to 20% in comparison to our coal powered power stations today. Coal in South Africa is a dwindling resource, but LPG gas is one that is far more sustainable and we only use about 3% of our available capacity.
Add Reliability to your home or business by installing LPG gas today.
It is affordable, reliable and you can finally say GOODBYE to power outages and ever increasing electricity costs.