Over the past ten years, residential electricity rates have increased nationally by approximately 14%, so says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Therefore, every family across the country has, in some way, experienced a rise in the cost of their electricity for their home or business. As families look to the future, these charges will undoubtedly continue to rise, so what can be done to deter them? There are numerous tips and tricks to conserve energy at home, but what is a more permanent solution?
Propane. Propane is your eco-friendly, clean-burning, alternative fuel that is more efficient and cost-effective than standard electrical heating.
Propane New York did a study that evaluated Propane vs. Electricity, “evaluating the total energy consumed, including the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing, and transportation of the fuel to the point of use.” It was found that propane was considered 87% efficient, while electricity was only 32% efficient.
As we consider the benefits of using propane for your home or business to conserve energy costs, note there are numerous reasons why an electric to propane conversion makes sense. Propane burns hotter and more efficiently, producing higher indoor air temperatures from furnaces and allowing water to be heated faster from water heaters, dishwashers, spas, or tubs. Propane offers higher dependability than electrical solutions, and a tank can store the gas at your home or business. It is a convenient, safe, and clean solution that only stops working if your equipment breaks or if you allow those tanks to run out; therefore not subject to power outages or surges.
If you decide to convert your home from fully electric to using propane, simply contact a Southern States Petroleum location or local HVAC company and request a technician to help you get started on your conversion. A propane tank will need to be installed on your property. It can either be concealed below ground or placed outdoors, depending on its storage location. Sometimes, a conversion may not be possible without replacing certain HVAC systems or appliances.
The most common propane heating system would be the gas furnace. Gas furnaces consistently supply air at a higher temperature than the typical electric heat pump. They generally have lower repair costs and last an average of 8 years longer than conventional electrical options.
Propane gas water heaters, especially the modern tankless water heater, provide exceptional comfort, versatility, convenience, and efficiency. This propane option only heats water when needed and delivers an endless supply, as long as you don’t run out of water or propane.
Gas-burning ovens and cooktops offer instant heat, whereas electrical options take time to warm up. Propane gas clothes dryers are known to complete drying tasks much quicker and with far less energy consumption.
Propane is an economical and efficient option to reduce energy consumption in your home or business. Although propane may not be suitable for everyone, if you think it may be right for you, consider conversion and contact your local Southern States petroleum location to schedule an appointment for a consultation or check-up today!