In the UK, 84% of domestic properties are connected to the gas grid, but some two million properties are off-grid and therefore depend on alternative fuel sources for heating and cooking.
LPG is the fuel of choice for 193,000 homes and it is growing in popularity for space and water heating. LPG also offers a flexible and complementary source of energy to homes using solar and wind energy to power their homes.
LPG fuels all familiar domestic household gas appliances, such as central heating boilers and cookers. Thanks to the various technological advances that are driving energy efficiency in the gas appliance sector, the operational performance and carbon savings that can be achieved using LPG are improving all the time.
When it comes to environmental performance and cost, LPG offers a superior solution to off gas grid homes:
- LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal and 12% less than oil
- The cost of LPG installation – compared with electric, oil and air source heat pumps – is significantly cheaper.
- The supply network is well-established meaning that due to lower installation costs and the instant availability of hot water and heat, LPG is quickly becoming the fuel of choice for thousands of homes located off the gas grid.
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LPG behaves in a similar way to natural gas and can fuel all familiar domestic household gas appliances, such as central heating boilers and cookers as well as gas fires and AGAs, making it a popular choice with consumers.
Reasons why LPG is a popular choice in fuelling off gas grid homes include:
- Working with a combination boiler, LPG provides heat and hot water on demand, removing the need for an expensive storage system
- Aesthetics is a key motivator in the adoption of LPG in modern developments as there is no need for noisy and unsightly outside units on the side of the home such as those required for air source heat pumps, nor is there a need for bulky oil tanks sitting outside each home
- Remote monitoring of the tanks can ensure that supplies are topped up when needed, giving householders reassurance that they will always have access to fuel for heat and hot water
- For homes using solar and wind energy, LPG offers a flexible and complementary low carbon fuel source to power these homes when intermittent renewables cannot meet demand or are not generating due to weather conditions
- In future, the development of biopropane technologies will provide a renewable fuel that can be added into the supply chain with absolutely no need to change customers’ storage tanks or even adjust their appliances
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