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.
Many leisure businesses in rural areas, from hotels and pubs to golf clubs and spas, rely on LPG to provide the heat, hot water, and cooking facilities they need to service millions of visitors each year.
In industry, LPG is growing in popularity as a clean and low carbon fuel for a range of applications. It is used for space and process-heating, to power industrial ovens in the production of food, in kilns and furnaces, as well as in powering forklift trucks to help cut harmful emissions in warehouses. Also supplied in portable cylinders, LPG can be used by commerce and industry, wherever energy is needed.
The British agricultural sector also depends on LPG for processes such as crop drying, poultry rearing and greenhouse heating - all of which improves the quality of produce that ends up on your plate.
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Nearly everyone is familiar with portable LPG cylinders, particularly in leisure activities such as camping, caravanning and boating. It is also popular for barbecues, street food and festivals. In fact, it has been fuelling British summers for generations. An outdoor LPG barbecue or gas stove emits 33% less carbon than the charcoal alternative, providing a safe, controlled and environmentally-friendly source of energy whenever and wherever it is needed.
LPG autogas is the most widely available environmentally-friendly alternative fuel in the UK with over 1,400 refuelling sites, most of which are on petrol forecourts. Most petrol engines can be converted to LPG and there are currently around 21 million vehicles worldwide running on LPG with over 10 million in Europe and more than 150,000 in the UK.
The trade association for the LPG industry in the UK