Written on: October 24, 2022
There has been a recent increase in the number of people calling for electricity to be our primary source of energy at home.
The misguided idea that going electric will help the environment and fight climate change is what’s driving this trend. If it succeeds, it could have a big effect on our homes, comfort, and wallets.
Propane has several benefits over electricity when it comes to keeping your home warm, safe, and comfortable. With dependable propane delivery from Boehlke Bottled Gas, you can enjoy all these benefits without worry.
Using propane rather than electricity for your home’s appliances, such as ranges, furnaces, and water heaters is more energy efficient. A propane water heater can heat more water quickly and at a lower cost than an electric water heater. You may dry your clothing in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer than with an equivalent electric dryer.
Although electricity may seem “cleaner” than propane, it is not. Coal-fired power plants account for half of the electricity produced in the United States. Not only do they produce smog and acid rain, but the production of electricity is also one of the largest drivers of 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!
Because of power line resistances, electric transmission is very inefficient–around 60% of electricity is wasted during its travel. It takes three units of source energy to get one unit of electricity from the power plant into your home. To provide electricity to our homes, we must burn more greenhouse gas-producing coal. Because propane is kept close to your home in the propane tank, there is effectively no energy loss from the tank to your appliances.
In recent years, propane home heating has been more cost-effective than electricity in the United States, according to the Department of Energy. 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 have many advantages over electric ones 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.
Propane will never let you down like electricity can. When the power goes out, your home won’t be without heat like it would be if your home is heated with electricity. If you have a propane tank right on your property, you will not need to be reliant upon electricity for heating or cooking. With a propane whole-house backup generator, you’ll be able to keep the lights on and your house comfortable and secure.
By investing in a propane furnace, you will save money in the long run as they last 5 to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps. Propane furnaces are cheaper to maintain than heat pump units because they have fewer moving parts. Propane water heaters could save you $175 a year on your water heating costs.
Propane makes many appliances around your home better. Propane ranges give you more control over the temperature than electric ranges, making it easier to cook your food perfectly. Be done with cold showers; propane tankless water heaters let you enjoy all the hot water you want, whenever you want it. Propane pool and spa heaters are much faster and more efficient than electric models.
Enjoy all the ways propane enhances your home and reduces its environmental impact. Become a Boehlke Bottled Gas customer!