Benefits of Propane
Propane may power your backup generator, stove, furnace, gas fireplace, tankless water heater, clothes dryer, garage heater and much more, but did you know that its versatility is just the tip of the benefits iceberg? In addition to its versatility, propane is also incredibly efficient; a propane gas furnace, for example, will help minimize the cost of operation by heating the air to about 130°F to 140°F while only operating in short intervals. Propane is also dependable; you don’t have to worry about your home heating even during a power outage, as propane works separately from the power grid, keeping you self-reliant and energy independent.
Efficiency, dependability, and independence are great, but the benefits don’t end there either! All energy conservation and cost conscious consumers should consider the following information about propane efficiency and heating power:
- With efficiency ratings from 90 percent to 98 percent, propane furnaces have a significant advantage over electric units. They’re so efficient that they’ll even reduce your carbon footprint.
- A hybrid home heating system comprised of an air source heat pump (ASHP) and a high efficiency propane furnace can save you more than $300 annually, compared with a standard efficiency ASHP-only system.
- Energy Star rated propane boilers have an efficiency rating of at least 85, and those ranked Most Efficient by the EPA offer up to 19 percent energy savings over standard efficiency boilers.
- A propane-powered tankless water heater can produce more than 200 gallons of hot water per hour, compared with a standard 50-gallon electric storage tank water heater that can only deliver 64 gallons of hot water in the first hour. Depending on your family’s water use, that could easily the difference between a steaming hot shower and an icy cold one.
- A 40-gallon propane storage tank water heater delivers the same amount of hot water as a 50-gallon electric unit.
In a case study featured on Propane.com, a home built using propane for its space heater, water heater, fireplace, kitchen appliances, dryer and outdoor grill was found to be 35% more efficient than homes built to the current code, and saved its owners more than $629/year in energy costs over the typical home. Plus, through the end of 2016, Massachusetts residents can get a $300-$600 governmental rebate for the safe installation of a propane water heater or central heating system.
Visit http://www.propane.com/ to find out more about the benefits of propane.