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Energising homes: The potential of LPG by Supagas

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As Australia navigates towards a more sustainable energy future, several regions have initiated policies to phase out or limit natural gas connections in new constructions, aiming to slash carbon emissions and promote electrification1.

Amidst these shifts, there is essential clarity needed on one aspect: “The ban only applies to natural gas connections and does not apply to LPG,” Sarah Smith, National Residential Manager for LPG at Supagas said.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), a crucial flammable hydrocarbon gas, serves approximately two million Australian households2.

“The most common applications of LPG in the home include providing hot water, cooking, and powering appliances like gas heaters,” Smith said. “Additionally, LPG serves more luxurious purposes, such as heating spas or pools.”

These uses demonstrate the practicality and benefits of LPG, especially in residential settings.

Smith highlights some of the standout features of LPG, notably its mobility.

“45kg is the most common size used by residential customers. Think of it like a barbecue bottle, but on a bigger scale,” she said.

“LPG is also incredibly versatile, catering to a wide array of needs including cooking and hot water solutions for granny flats, tiny homes, pop-up kitchens, extending to food trucks as well.”

Smith notes this level of flexibility is particularly advantageous for individuals in rural areas lacking access to natural gas networks, positioning LPG as a convenient and efficient energy alternative. However, Smith stresses the importance of proper installation and the essential role of licensed gas fitters in ensuring safe and compliant setups.

The environmental benefits of LPG are notable, as it stands out as an eco-friendlier fuel due to its cleaner burning properties. When utilised with efficient gas burners, LPG emits 15 to 30 per cent less CO2 compared to other fuels3.

Looking ahead, LPG’s pathway to decarbonisation through the transition to net zero bioLPG, and eventually to renewable LPG (rLPG), is acknowledged by Gas Energy Australia, suggesting a viable and sustainable future for LPG usage without the need for appliance modifications.

Transitioning to financial advantages, Sarah discusses the cost-effectiveness of LPG, especially when juxtaposed with the hefty expenses tied to extending natural gas lines.

“The ease with which users can track their LPG usage and expenses significantly facilitates effective financial planning and budgeting,” Smith said.

Addressing the misconceptions around LPG and natural gas, Smith clarifies that despite the global push towards renewable energy sources, LPG remains a reliable and necessary part of Australia’s energy landscape.

Safety is a paramount concern at Supagas, and Smith elaborates on its meticulous safety processes.

“Our drivers complete an initial site safety delivery checklist, ensuring the site is compliant and safe for both our drivers and customers,” she said, underscoring Supagas’s dedication to adherence and compliance.

Supagas’s notable growth is largely credited to its unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We understand the importance of exceptional customer service which leads to customers staying with Supagas for the long term,” Smith said.

The company’s dedication to excellence is also evident in winning the Canstar Blue award for most satisfied customer for three consecutive years, scoring five stars in all of Canstar Blue’s categories for LPG gas suppliers.

As the energy landscape in Australia shifts towards cleaner alternatives, the role of LPG continues to hold significance.

Supagas invites individuals and businesses to reach out for their LPG needs, showcasing the company’s dedication to providing the community with reliable, eco-friendly, and cost-effective energy solutions. Customers are encouraged to visit Supagas’s website to learn more about the benefits of LPG and how it can cater to their energy requirements.

References

  1. Yu, A. (2023). What is happening to gas in Victoria and will the rest of the country follow suit? ABC News. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-07-29/victoria-government-gas-ban-new-builds-explainer/102661808
  2. Gas Energy Australia. (2023). Victoria’s Renewable Gas Consultation. Retrieved from https://www.gasenergyaus.au/read/2049/victorias-renewable-gas-consultation.html
  3. Climate News Australia. (2023). LPG vs Natural Gas: Pros and Cons, Facts and Figures. Retrieved from https://climatenewsaustralia.com/lpg-vs-natural-gas-pros-and-cons-facts-and-figures-video-core-int/

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