Who uses propane?

People use propane as a source of energy. It is sought after because it is more efficient than electricity, natural gas or heating oil. It is also popular among homeowners who are not linked to the natural gas pipeline network or who wish to control their energy supply: propane is stored in a tank directly on your property. A propane consumer only needs road access and enough space for the tank to be installed.

The different propane users

Propane fuels various appliances, including clothes dryers, central heating, water heating, cooking or outdoor lighting. There are 14.3 million residential propane customers in the United States (roughly 4.5% of all Americans). Around 47 million people use propane for grills and another 6.8 million Americans use propane to heat their house. Close to 110,000 people in the US have a propane standby generator.


Propane users in the US

Propane users by sector

Residential

14.3 million

Commercial

1 million

Industrial

240,000

Forklift

456,000

Agricultural

81,000

Fleet

660,000

Standby Generator

110,000

Residential Heating

6.8 million

Grill users

47 million

Regional propane consumption

The Midwest is the region where propane is most popular, with 8% of households using it as their primary heating fuel, twice as many as in the West, South or Northeast regions.

Propane uses and users
Regional propane usage