You may have heard about the idea of homes going “all-electric”—meaning utilizing electricity to power nearly everything in the home including heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying.
The goal of that—as it’s told—is to reduce environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the idea of electricity doing that is incorrect. When it comes to reduced emissions and environmental impact, propane takes the crown in reducing environmental impact.
Let’s detail how this comes to be:
About half of the electricity generated in the United States is generated by coal-fired power plants. In fact, only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases here in the United States than electricity generation. Meanwhile, propane is so clean burning it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Using propane in your home for whole-house heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying can reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% or more! In fact, a propane-powered home has 30% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than an all-electric home.
The transmission of electricity is also extremely inefficient. When electricity travels from the power plant through the power lines to your home, the electrons in the power lines encounter resistance. That resistance results in an inherent loss of energy. It takes three units of source energy to get one unit of electricity into your home. That means more coal needs to be burned—subsequently generating more carbon—to get electricity to our homes.
Because propane gas is stored right on your property in your propane tank, there is virtually no loss of energy from the tank to your appliances.
Propane is dramatically more efficient than electricity when you look at the total energy consumed as well. This, by definition, is the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing, and transportation of the fuel to your home. With all those things factored in, propane is considered 87% efficient. Electricity comes in at a mere 32% efficient by comparison.
Not only does propane’s efficiency reduce your emissions, but it also reduces your energy costs too! Propane water heaters can lower your water heating energy costs by 30% when compared with their electric counterparts. Since water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy usage annually, you’ll see the difference in your energy bills month-to-month almost immediately.
Enjoy the benefits of clean-burning propane in your Kentucky or Tennessee area home today! Become an Advanced Propane customer and experience the difference we can make for you.