Availability of natural gas vs propa...

Availability of natural gas vs propane during wide-spread emergencies


Springfield, VA

#1 Jun 4, 2011
Does anyone have any info on the reliability of supply to homeowners of natural gas vs propane during long (days-to-a week+), wide-spread electric blackouts in large urban areas, for example metro Washington, DC?
Former PNG Employee

Starksboro, VT

#2 Jun 6, 2011
I can answer that question for you. It honestly depends on the kind of heating unit you have and not the area you are residing. Here is the big differences between the two fuels. Propane is delivered and they do not keep tabs on you to see if you are running low. Natural Gas you pay for the amount you use and the cost is generated on how much the company paid for it and they add on like one cent per therm you use which is much different that your local joe propane man who is putting like a dollar or more on the same equivalent. Also with natural gas you have a non stop flow of the fuel unless you don't pay the bill, or until a safety issue arises that you maybe be without service depending on who has to come to fix it. The main issue with most heating units though is especially central air units have an electronic igniting which causes it to fail to work in some situations when the power goes out. My best suggestion having numerous years in the industry is having a back up or alternative fuel or substance which will help you offset some costs in the winter as well. Such as a wood stove, kerosene heater, etc... Some future self research I would suggest is checking out the conversion ratings between the two as well as talking to some people who sell the appliances and I stress on the ones who sell both types to give you the better answer on this if there is any better than mine. In all honesty though I would suggest going with the natural gas and 1 or 2 additional alternative heating for the winter I believe in keeping options open at all times and not being dependent on one sole thing.

Hope this helps you out :D

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