Written on: December 11, 2023
Is your home safe when you cook with propane? Yes. Propane is safe. It’s also efficient, portable, versatile, eco-friendly, reliable, and readily available. There are many ways propane can improve your quality of life in and around your North Carolina home.
No. Don’t worry. You may have heard about gas bans in the national news affecting places like New York and California. However, there are no laws currently banning gas stoves in North Carolina. In fact, in June, North Carolina lawmakers passed an ordinance that would prevent local governments from banning the purchase of ovens, stoves, and heaters based on fuel.
However, it is a topic that has been debated recently in other parts of the country. That’s due in large part to a 2019 building code regulation in Berkeley, CA, that banned gas connections in new buildings. New York has a similar ban set to take effect next year.
What was the motivation for such a building code? Concerns about climate change. That’s because it was estimated that roughly one third of Berkely’s emissions could be attributed to natural gas. Then there was a shift from environmental concerns to health concerns. This was largely due to a recent study that indicated the potential for indoor air pollution hazards with the use of gas stoves. Then the rumor began to spread that the U.S. government intended to confiscate all of the gas stoves in the country. That is patently false. Even the bans that are going into effect only limit new constructions, not existing homes.
The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has argued that different studies have produced different results in terms of the negative impact to indoor air that different types of stoves produce. They further argue that the sample size of one study (known as the Stanford study) is extremely small. Furthermore, it’s based on unrealistic cooking conditions. In addition, electric stoves are not without their drawbacks. They also produce particulate matter and can emit dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde.
So, what’s the bottom line? Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, had this to say, “Rather than gas bans, states should focus on natural gas supply chains and mitigate potential hazards…. This, along with proper installation, ventilation, and yearly checkups by qualified technicians constitutes a common-sense approach to addressing health and safety concerns around gas appliances.”
There are many reasons you can feel good about using propane in your home. Here are some of the benefits propane offers:
There are lots of good reasons to use propane in your home. And when you’re in need of a propane supplier, Briles Oil & Gas is a full-service fuel provider you can trust. We’re a family business that treats our customers like family. And we have decades of experience making safe propane deliveries to homes around Davidson and Randolph counties in North Carolina.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your next delivery.