There has been a push in recent years to make electricity the default energy choice for everything in our homes.
This push is based on the inaccurate claim that this will reduce our carbon footprint. And it could have a major impact on our homes, our comfort, and our wallets.
When it comes to keeping your home comfortable, propane has many advantages over electricity. Here are eight of them.
Propane is cleaner and greener. Electricity may seem “cleaner” than propane, but it’s not. Half of the electricity generated in the United States is generated by coal-fired power plants. Those plants produce greenhouse gases and acid rain. In fact, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States behind transportation. Propane, on the other hand, is so clean-burning it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!
Get better energy efficiency. Using propane at home in appliances such as ovens, furnaces and water heaters instead of electric power means your energy use is more efficient. With a propane water heater, you can heat more water faster than an electric one and do it with about 30% less cost. With a propane clothes dryer, you can get your laundry dried in 25% less time than a comparable electric drying machine.
Don’t waste energy to get energy. Electric transmission is notoriously inefficient because of the resistance encountered by the electrons in power lines. Most electricity, around 60% of it or so, is lost during this process. It takes three units of source energy to get one unit of electricity into your home. More greenhouse gas-creating coal needs to be burned to get electricity to our homes. Because propane is right there at your home, there is virtually no loss of energy from the tank to your appliances.
Propane is there for you. Propane provides dependability that electricity can never offer. If a storm knocks out power in a home heated by electricity, that home has no heat. You don’t have to rely on a power grid for heating, cooking, or hot water because your propane tank is right by your house. And with a propane whole-house backup generator, you’ll keep the lights on and your home safe and comfortable.
Propane keeps you warm better. According to the Department of Energy, home heating with propane, as opposed to electric, is more affordable in recent years. A propane gas furnace heats air to 130°F to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in short intervals, producing heat that is close to body temperature. An electric furnace produces air cooler than 98.6°, so it actually feels cool when you place your hand near the vent.
Get better comfort. When it comes to fireplaces, propane fireplaces are better than electric ones in every way. They look better, with a more natural and realistic flame. They heat your space faster and cost much less to operate than electric fireplaces.
Save on equipment costs. You may experience other cost advantages with propane, too: on average, a propane-fueled furnace lasts 5 to 10 years longer than an electric heat pump. You’ll get a better return on your investment. Propane heating systems also require less expensive maintenance than electric heat pump units since they are a more straightforward system.
Enjoy an upgraded lifestyle. So many appliances work better with propane. With a propane range, you get precise, on-a-dime temperature control that no electric range can offer. Propane tankless water heaters give you all the hot water you need, right when you need it.
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Written By: on July 15, 2021