Thinking of Buying a Home With Propane Heat?
Here’s Some Important Things You Need to Know!
There’s so much to consider when buying a new home here in Northern Fairfield and Northern Westchester Counties of Connecticut and New York Some things are subjective and personal, such as style and finishes, but others are more practical—and can directly affect your bottom line as well as your day-to-day comfort. More important than stainless steel appliances or hardwood floors, the systems used to heat your home should be a key part of the decision process. It’s why a home heated with propane should be on your list!
Propane—isn’t that for grills? Yes, but it’s far more than that. It’s a versatile and efficient option for heating your home and then some. If you’ve never lived in a propane-heated home before, you might be surprised to know all the benefits.
Cleaner and Greener Fuel Source
When it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is one of the cleanest and most efficient fuels around. It burns cleanly and produces minimal emissions—especially when compared to electric or other traditional fuel sources. Another important factor when it comes to evaluating whether a fuel is considered “green”—Propane also can’t harm soil or groundwater.
Did you know propane is also an American energy source? About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas—which is considered a greenhouse gas when burned, however, propane is not considered a greenhouse gas itself. Which is a very important distinction!
Propane vs. Electricity
Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane fuel to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances are very efficient, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants—in fact, only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.
Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances, in addition to heating your home. For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174.
Propane is Incredibly Versatile
The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat:
- Clothes Washers and Dryers
- Outdoor Lighting
- Patio Heaters
- Pool and Spa-Tub Heaters
- Outdoor Grills
One of the biggest reasons people prefer using propane gas for home heating and water heating is that they know they will always have propane when they need it. That’s because your propane supply is delivered and stored in a tank on your property, so you’ll always have it right on-hand. Natural gas customers don’t enjoy that kind of security. You’ve likely heard news reports of interruptions in natural gas service because of pipeline problems, caused by cold weather, accidents, or deterioration. When underground natural gas pipelines are damaged, hundreds and even thousands of customers may lose their supply until repairs are finished. Forget hours, it could be days without the gas you need to heat your home.
And consider this too: When storms knock out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights and everything else running until the utility companies can make repairs. Now that’s peace of mind!
In a nutshell, propane delivers more bang for your buck, all while protecting the environment. It’s a win-win for homebuyers who care about the environment, but also want to keep costs under control. The professionals at Casey Energy have the knowledge, experience and resources to answer all your questions about the benefits of a propane-heated home. Get in touch with us today to learn more.