LPG Gas stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and is a fuel used by consumers to provide home heating should they not be connected to natural gas.
This type of fuel is made up of a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases. The most common mixes include propane and butane.
About 60 per cent of the world supply of LPG comes from the separation of natural gas products, and 40 per cent is a by-product from the distillation of the crude oil.
LPG is recognised as a secure fuel supply and is produced in vast quantities in the UK. It is also a low carbon and low polluting fossil fuel.
LPG has the advantage of becoming liquid when under pressure, and reverting to gases at atmospheric pressure. As a result it can be stored conveniently as a liquid. This provides an advantage over natural gas. Another is that LPG is 250 times denser as a liquid than as a gas mix, meaning large amounts of fuel can be stored in a relatively small space.
LPG is normally used as an alternative to gas for homes not connected to a mains supply. It is typically used in a ‘wet’ heating system with an LPG gas fired boiler. This heats water which in turn provides central heating.
The advantages of LPG
LPG is a highly efficient fuel.
It produces very low sulphur emissions.
Combustion is virtually odourless compared to oil.
By law anyone carrying out work on your boiler is required to be on the Gas Safe Register.
The disadvantages of LPG
New installations can be costly.
Prices for this type of fuel are on the rise.
LPG is not considered to be a clean source of energy as it produces carbon dioxide when burnt.
LPG boilers need to be serviced annually to maintain full efficiency.
LPG is an option should you want gas for your home heating and cooking. Some people prefer to cook with gas rather than use electric.
LPG gas is normally stored in bottles or storage tanks. The tanks can be stored underground or sited above ground on a solid base.
LPG like natural gas can only be worked on by a Gas Safe Registered person. If you need someone to work on your gas appliances then check the gas safe register and type in your post code and you will find someone local to you.