Energy Efficiency

Propane Gives You an Energy Efficient Home

Energy EfficiencyUsing more propane-powered appliances can give your home a big boost as far as energy efficiency goes. Since propane burns super-hot and extremely clean, propane-powered appliances can reach efficiency ratings well into the 90% range. This means little energy—and energy dollars—are wasted during the combustion process.

Because of its energy-efficient equipment and clean-burning properties, propane will outperform other home energy sources—especially electricity—in just about any home comfort application, including:

Water heating—About 20% of the energy you use in your home is spent on heating your water. When you consider that, on average, a propane-powered water heater can deliver that hot water at about half the cost of an electric water heater, relying on propane for all your hot water needs represents a wise choice. Learn more about propane water heaters.

Home heating—A propane gas furnace will heat air to about 130–140º and operate in short intervals to minimize operating costs while maximizing warmth. This is quite different than an electric heat pump, which produces air that can feel cool to the touch. On cold Iowa nights, a heat pump must rely on its onboard electric heat backup to keep pace; once that backup system kicks in, your heating bills can go through the roof. For colder climates like ours, propane wins again!

Propane fireplaces—If you’ve converted your old wood fireplace to a modern gas log set—or upgraded to an efficient, clean-burning propane fireplace insert—you’re enjoying a host of benefits. Besides great ambiance or less maintenance, it costs anywhere from 30–60% less to operate a gas fireplace per hour than a wood-burning fireplace, which loses much of its heat through the chimney. Read more about propane fireplaces.

Space heaters—High-efficiency direct-vent propane space heaters are another way to raise the efficiency levels in your home. By enabling targeted, high-efficiency zone heating to the most used rooms in your living space, you won’t have to rely as much on your furnace.

Pool heaters—Propane pool heaters deliver more heat for less money than electric heat pump heaters, which draw heat from the outside air—a good thing if the outdoor temperature is warm, but not so great for the morning or evening, when you need pool heating the most. Meanwhile, solar heaters take longer to heat your water and they’re not going to help you when there’s no sun to provide power for your pool heater.

The bottom line: When it comes to efficiently power your home comfort equipment, propane ups the ante, especially when compared to electricity, which means lower bills and more comfortable for you, and a smaller carbon footprint, to boot!

Thinking about adding a propane-powered appliance? Your local propane company can help. Contact them today to learn about the many benefits and options for clean, green propane power in your Iowa home. Be sure to check out our Rebates page to see how you can save money on new propane equipment.