Are you getting all the savings out of your house that you can? Too many homes aren’t saving the money they could be with a consideration of propane versus electric. It’s easy to stick with what your house has out of convenience but making a switch to propane may benefit you in more ways than one. Almost anything in your house, restaurant or building that can run electricity can run on propane. However, a fact that you may not know is the cost of a propane-fueled home is actually less than the cost of a home with electric heat. Let’s dig into some key factors of propane and electric to help you choose the right energy source that works for your home and your family.
Compare the Energy
When deciding between propane and electric, it’s important to understand the fundamental difference between the two. Did you know propane is a primary energy source where electricity is technically a secondary energy source? Propane energy is used directly, whereas energy from electricity is actually used after the electricity is generated from a primary energy source such as but not limited to; natural gas or petroleum. One gallon of propane contains the same amount of usable energy as 27 Kilowatt Hours. Propane creates more energy than electric in a more efficient time, essentially meaning it’s working smarter not harder for your household. (And your wallet!)
Compare your Wallet
If you want a little more dough in your wallet, you may want to consider propane over electric. On average, propane costs about half as much per BTU as electricity. A propane furnace heats the air and operates in short intervals which ultimately minimalizes operating costs. Propane water heaters, as an example, can cost one-third less to operate and recover water twice as quickly as an electric water heater. Ask us about a Rinnai® tankless water heater if you’re interested in making that switch and saving dollars and space, all while getting endless hot water for your home or business.
Compare the Heat
Have you ever visited a friend or family member’s house over the winter and wonder how their hardwood floors are so warm? Could they have heated floors? Good guess, but they more than likely took a much cheaper approach and have a propane heating system. A propane heating system runs much warmer than a heating system that runs on electric. Propane runs 130°F to 140°F and electric runs below normal body temperature at 98.6°F. (Brr!)
You never know what the month of November rolling into December could bring… Dare we say the word…Snow? Rain? Thunderstorms? Power Outages? While a power outage may cause your electricity to go out, you can still have heat during electricity outages and even the worst of weather conditions if you’re fueled by propane.
There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to choosing your energy source for your home. Cost, efficiency, and dependability are all important factors to consider. Electric vs. propane is a large decision, one that we understand and can bring ease to. Contact our expert team to learn more about whether propane is the best option for your home.