Propane - What You Need to Know
Every day, 8.1 million households use propane gas for home comfort and utility services, including heating, cooling, hot water, cooking, drying clothes, barbecuing, lighting and fueling gas fireplaces.1
Propane offers homeowners reliability, cleanliness, improved performance and, on average, costs half as much per BTU as electricity. However you use propane in your home, the facts speak for themselves:
Propane water heaters:
- Consistently supply air at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Electric heat pumps dispense 95 degree air, which is less than body temperature (98.6 degrees), so the air feels cool, not warm.
- Last an average of 20 years, while electric heat pumps last an average of 12 years.
- Have lower repair costs than electric heat pumps
- Cost approximately $10 less per month to operate than comparable electric units.
- On average are 42% less expensive than electric heaters. Over an average life span, they can save homeowners nearly $2,000 more than an electric unit.
- Heat more than twice as much water in an hour as comparable electric models.
Propane cooktops and ovens:
- Cost between 30% and 60% less per hour of operation than wood-burning fireplaces.
- Emit 40 times fewer emissions than wood-burning units and cost less to operate. They can be turned off easily with a switch, eliminating concern about remaining embers.
Propane clothes dryers:
- Offer instant heat and absolute temperature control — 97% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas.
- Can complete drying tasks in approximately three-quarters of the time it takes an electric unit.
- Some models save up to 65% in costs over electric dryers.
1 Source: www.npga.org