LPG vs Oil – An Easy Choice When Living Off-Grid

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undergroup-tank-image-croppedFor those of us who live in the countryside in areas with limited or no electricity in what are called “off-grid” properties, how easy is it to choose the right home energy to heat our homes and to ensure that we are able to get instant hot water?

Part of the decision in choosing to live “off-grid” was to embrace a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, so we wanted to make sure that we got it right when it came to choosing which fuel we used. We had moved from a house with an old oil central heating system and knew we wanted to make a change to something that would help us to reduce our carbon footprint.

Looking at the alternatives to oil heating included; LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), solid fuel, electricity and solar energy, and it didn’t take long for us to opt for what we realised was the cleanest of all off-grid fuels and that was LPG, which produces less CO2 and harmful emissions than oil or solid fuel. After comparing LPG suppliers we decided to go with Calor because they ticked all the boxes.

We did consider oil central heating but being conscious about the impact our energy usage is having on the environment, we realised that domestic LPG is the most versatile energy source that can power all our appliances and what’s even better was the fact that we could choose from a variety of different storage options including underground tanks, an above ground tank or gas bottles. It made sense for us to have an underground tank that could buried and hidden from view.

Calor Gas has been producing and supplying LPG in Britain since 1935 and is the UK’s leading LPG supplier. The company has also developed Calor BioLPG which is made from waste residues and sustainably sourced materials to minimise impact on the environment. They currently supply BioLPG to home energy customers through their Green Energy Plan, which is a blend of 40% BioLPG and 60% standard LPG, however, their goal is to reach the full 100% blend. Currently with a 40/60% blend Calor BioLPG lowers carbon emissions by up to 38% compared to oil, but on 100%, it would reduce emissions by up to 80% vs oil.

BioLPG is chemically identical to LPG and is compatible with all LPG products, but there is no compromise on performance, so it’s as energy efficient as LPG. Having considered and compared the greener, sustainable benefits of oil central heating to LPG and BioLPG, the latter was a no brainer as the best eco energy solution for us.

So, to sum up, when it comes to choosing LPG vs Oil which is best? In our view and having narrowed it down we think we made the right choice with our BioLPG system. The installation costs are much lower and there is also no risk of theft. Calor gave us all the advice and assistance we needed and were able to carry out the installation work quickly and efficiently.

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