Propane Water Heaters vs. Electric Water Heaters

water heater installation iowaIf your home has an electric water heater instead of a propane water heater, you’re probably paying more than you should, and you may be having issues with running out of hot water. This is a common problem for large families. Who enjoys a nice hot shower that suddenly turns ice cold?

Here are some reasons why you should consider upgrading your water heater to a propane water heating unit.

Why Upgrade Your Water Heater?


Propane provides more heating power per dollar than electricity, but that’s only the beginning of the cost savings. When you factor in the lower cost to maintain propane equipment and its longer life span, a propane water heater comes out ahead, with a total ownership cost of about 30 % less than electric-powered water heating units.


Propane water heaters heat water twice as fast as electric heaters. You’ll get more hot water from a smaller sized tank, and you’ll have shorter hot water recovery times.

Convenience and Comfort

There’s little chance of running out of hot water. Propane water heaters also take up less space, have more accurate temperature adjustment and offer more size and installation options.

A Green Choice

Propane is so green that it’s approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a clean alternative fuel. Using propane lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric water heating options.


A propane water heater can add value to your home. A propane water heater – especially a tankless model– will improve your Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and LEED scores, which adds value to your home if you sell it.

Propane Tankless Water Heaters

Not all water heaters need to store hot water in a tank, which in the end wastes energy and costs you money. That’s where propane tankless water heaters can step up to help.

Tankless hot water heaters get your water hot as you need it. This on-demand system accesses water directly from a water pipe. This makes the process of heating water much more efficient.

Additionally, tankless units take up such a small space that you will actually be able to reclaim all that square footage your old water heater tank was taking up. Most tankless units hang on a wall and are about the size of a small suitcase and, maybe best of all, they will last about twice as long as a standard storage tank water heater.

Propane Keeps You in Hot Water

There’s no need to look any further than propane for all of your water heating needs. That’s true whether it’s a traditional propane tank water heater or a propane tankless on-demand water heater.

Don’t wait until your existing water heater fails to see how you can benefit from a high-efficiency propane water heater. If you’re ready to replace your water heater, please contact your propane company about your options. You may even qualify for a rebate when you install a new propane water heater.

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