Using propane benefits more than just your pocketbook. You probably know that propane is a less expensive alternative to electricity, but are you aware of the other benefits of this exceptional energy resource? Here are some of the ways propane can make your life better.
The heat generated by propane makes you feel good. A typical propane-powered heating system warms air to about 140 degrees. Compare this to a typical electric system, which only warms the air to 96-98 degrees, and you’ll understand why electric heat feels like a cold draft on your skin.
A Colorado Clean Air Campaign study showed gas logs would burn 40 times longer than wood-burning fireplaces while producing fewer emissions. The difference is so significant that in some states the use of wood-burning fireplaces is prohibited on days when air quality is poor.
Propane gas fireplaces can produce twice as much heat as wood-burning ones at about a third of the cost. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a gas fireplace costs 30 to 60 percent less per hour to operate than a wood-burning fireplace.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home with gas (such as propane) costs half as much on average than heating with electricity. Propane gas stoves and fireplaces also heat more evenly and more efficiently than wood-burning ones. They can heat a larger area, meaning less reliance on primary home heating systems and significant cost savings.
Turning to more efficient propane furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, range or other propane-powered appliances will save you money, help the environment and keep you warm.
You may appreciate the warmth and efficiency of propane, but did you know it’s also green? Propane is an approved alternative fuel in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is safe to store underground, as it will not contaminate groundwater, even in the unlikely event of a leak.
Also, its carbon footprint, a measure of its impact on the environment, is much less than other fuels. A gallon of propane burned produces about half as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as a gallon of fuel oil. Per BTU of fuel, propane releases less CO2 than ethanol, gasoline, bio-diesel, kerosene or coal.
In traditional tank water heating, electric heaters produce 150 times the greenhouse gas emissions of a propane heater. A tankless propane water heater can reduce emissions even further. Source: Propane Education and Research Council, climatecrisis.net.