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Propane is also referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, often shortened to “LP gas” or “LPG”. It’s an alternative fuel that’s a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s safe, clean, powerful, and reliable—and it’s powering homes and businesses all over the world.


Propane is an economical fuel option for furnaces, hot water heaters, fireplaces, cook ranges, pool heaters, fire pits, household appliances and more.

Benefit #1. Propane warms up a home more quickly than electricity. It has a higher octane rating than gasoline and a higher energy density than other fuels such as heating oil, offering better heating performance.

For example, a furnace-based electric heat pump supplies slightly warmer air than the human body – around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Comparatively, a propane furnace will consistently deliver air that’s about 115 degrees in temperature.

Propane is also very effective at heating water. An electric boiler may take nearly an hour to heat an entire hot water tank. But, a propane tankless water heater heats water only on demand, which reduces energy usage and provides a solid return on investment.

Benefit #2. Propane is environmentally friendly. Propane burns more cleanly than any other fossil fuel on the planet, including kerosene, heating oil, gasoline, and natural gas. It produces minimal harmful emissions because of its low carbon content, making it a safe choice for home use. And, propane does not adversely affect the environment, contaminating soil or groundwater.

Benefit #3. Propane appliances work even during an emergency outage. If a weather occurrence takes down the power grid, propane appliances will keep operating. And, if you also have a propane generator that converts propane into electricity, any electric appliances will keep humming along, too.

Benefit #4. Propane is safe. Propane tanks can be placed above ground or underground and are resistant to puncturing, leakage, and other issues. While it’s still recommended to use home carbon monoxide detectors, propane reduces the risk of a life-threatening leak.

Benefit #5. Using propane appliances saves money. For example, propane is up to 30 percent more efficient heating water than electric water heaters. And since tankless propane water heaters do not require heating a full tank of water, they are more efficient and less costly over time.


NWP provides the fuel you need, but we also service and install every product we sell, including propane gas logs, tankless hot water heaters, fire pits, and free-standing heaters. Our experienced staff will install, remove, or pump out aboveground and underground tanks.

NWP does not sell or service HVAC systems or appliances. However, we do work with several local HVAC companies to coordinate service for our customers.

Go to HEATING FUELS for additional information about NWP’s petroleum products we sell, install and service.


Propane tanks come in a range of sizes and are matched to a homeowner’s needs and budget. NWP provides tanks to customers who use at least 100 gallons annually and will rent or sell tanks to customers with less usage.  

Learn more about the propane options available throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula by calling an NWP representative at 804-435-1126 today. 

NWP is a leading locally owned and operated fuel supplier for homes and businesses throughout the Northern Neck, King George to Lancaster County. We also offer the full range of NWP services and products to the Middle Peninsula including King William, King & Queen, Caroline, Essex, Middlesex, Mathews counties, and limited service to Gloucester County.

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