A Guide To Liquid Petroleum Gas

As one of the cleaner and cheaper fuel alternatives now on the market, liquid petroleum gas - known alternately as LPG, LP Gas, Autogas or even GPL - has been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years. Less expensive than petrol and diesel, LPG provides sufficient savings for motorists stricken by soaring fuel costs. With lower carbon emissions and a much cleaner burn, LPG is also the choice of environmentally minded motorists.

With no way of contaminating water or soil in the unlikely event of a spill, LPG is also favoured as a fuel for use in remote areas and especially in national parks and wilderness-protected areas. Liquid petroleum gas has so many benefits and can be used in such a variety of ways that for many it is becoming the alternative fuel of choice.

Cleaner

While liquid petroleum gas is a fossil fuel like oil, coal and natural gas, its very nature makes it far more environmentally friendly both in terms of carbon emissions and other pollutants. LPG is extracted from the earth through drilling, either as a by-product of crude oil, or as an element of natural gas. Burned in its gaseous form, LPG does not produce soot and has very low levels of sulphur. Easily stored and transported in liquid form, on exposure to room temperature air it simply evaporates, eliminating the possibility of environmental pollution in the event of a spill (unlike crude oil, which can do great damage). When used for heating, cooking, electricity and vehicle fuel it replaces other, more polluting fossil fuels - by no means a perfect solution, but certainly a step in the right direction.

Cheaper

Financially speaking liquid petroleum gas also has its benefits. Vehicles - cars, vans and even scooters and mopeds - that are converted to liquid petroleum gas generally have fuel bills that are much lower than the norm. Such conversions tend to retain both the old petrol tank and the new LPG tank, providing an alternative in the event of price changes - should petrol prices dramatically fall, or LPG prices soar, the alternate fuel tank can still be used.

Taxes and charges are also a thing of the past with LPG - congestion and parking charges are discounted or eliminated, whilst road tax is heavily reduced. It could also be argued that as LPG burns cleaner than petrol and diesel, there is also less wear on the engine and thus a smaller possibility of having a break-down and subsequent repair bill.

Though governments, vehicle manufacturers and petrol stations alike are only now starting to grasp the overwhelming potential of liquid petroleum gas, there is enough infrastructure and information out there to begin your conversion to an environmental and financial winner.