Switching From Electric To Propane: 7 Reasons

propane appliances north carolinaDid you know that just about any home comfort appliance that runs on electricity can also run on propane gas – and that it will usually perform better with less environmental impact than its electric powered counterpart?

Electric Vs. Propane* Facts

  1. When you consider the full lifecycle for each energy source from the point of extraction to the point of use, propane is 55 percent more efficient than electricity (87 percent for propane vs. 32 percent for electricity).
  2. Burning one gallon of propane produces the equivalent energy of 27 KW hours of electricity.
  3. A storage-type propane water heater costs 30 percent less to operate than electric models —up to 50 percent less if you use a tankless propane water heater. The average home saves about $174 a year using propane vs. electric water heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E).
  4. A conventional propane water heater can heat water almost twice as fast as an electric water heater, which means faster recovery times if you run out of hot water.
  5. Propane appliances reduce the carbon output of your home: a propane tankless water heater, for example, emits about half as much carbon as a storage-type electric water heater.
  6. High-efficiency propane gas furnaces can operate at 95 percent efficiency or more. If electricity is produced by a coal-fired power plant, more than half the energy used to produce and deliver your energy is wasted.
  7. The average lifespan of a propane gas furnace is about 20 years; the average electric heat pump? About 13 years, according to the D.O.E.

Still using electric appliances in your North Carolina home? Consider making the switch to propane. The expert technicians at Williamson Gas will install and service your propane gas-fired boiler, furnace, water heater, and other appliances – contact us today to learn more about propane appliance installation in Sampson, Bladen and Duplin counties, NC.

* Sources: National Propane Gas Association; Propane Education Research Council, unless otherwise stated.