In recent years, there has been a steady increase in calls for electricity to become the main source of energy in our homes.
This is largely due to a growing narrative that “going all-electric will be more environmentally friendly and fight climate change.” If this movement succeeds, the results could have a major impact on our homes, our comfort, and our wallets.
It’s a known fact that propane has several benefits over electricity when it comes to keeping your home comfortable! We’ll review some of these below:
Using propane at home in appliances such as ranges, furnaces, and water heaters instead of electric power means your energy use is more efficient.
You can heat more water faster—and at a lower cost—with a propane water heater than with an electric water heater. And with a propane clothes dryer, you can get your laundry dried in 25% less time than with a comparable electric dryer.
Although electricity may seem “cleaner” than propane, don’t be fooled! It is not. Coal-fired power facilities generate nearly half of the electricity generated in the United States. Not only do those plants produce biproducts that include greenhouse gases and acid rain, but the generation of electricity is also one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, behind only transportation.
Propane, on the other hand, is so clean burning it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric transmission is extremely inefficient thanks to the resistance encountered by the electrons in power lines. Most of the electricity generated—around 60%—is lost during transmission. 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. Comparatively, because propane is stored right by your house in the propane tank, there is minimal energy loss from the tank to your appliances.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that propane home heating has become more affordable than electricity in recent years.
For instance, a propane gas furnace heats air to 130°F to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in short intervals producing heat that keeps you warm. Electric heating systems only heat air to around 98.6°, so it feels cool when you place your hand near the vent.
Propane fireplaces outperform electric ones in several areas that are important to consumers. Propane flames look more natural and realistic, they heat your space faster, and cost much less to operate than electric models.
When it comes to reliability, propane can never be matched by electricity. A home that uses electricity for heating will be without heat when the power goes out.
With the propane tank right there on your property, you won’t have to depend on electricity for heating, cooking, or water heating in the event of an outage. You’ll be able to keep the lights on and your home safe and comfortable with a propane whole-house backup generator.
Propane furnaces generally last 5 to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps, saving you money in the long run.
Additionally, propane furnaces are less expensive to maintain than heat pump units since they are a simpler technology. Propane water heaters can cut your water heating energy costs by $175 a year when compared to electric models.
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