With the uncertainty of energy costs lately, it makes sense that you are thinking about what the best energy source would be for keeping your Central Maine home comfortable and safe.
As you research your options, be sure to consider propane delivery and propane appliances from Murray-Heutz! Propane wins over electricity in terms of comfort and energy efficiency for your home—let’s explore how.
Home appliances such as ranges, furnaces, and water heaters that use propane are more energy efficient than electric ones. A propane water heater, for example, can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. In addition, your laundry will dry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer rather than an electric one.
A common misconception is that electricity is “cleaner” than propane when, in fact, it’s not. Each year in the United States, 50% of electricity comes from coal-fired power plants which creates a high level of smog and acid rain. In addition, making electricity is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in America–surpassed only by transportation. Propane, on the other hand, creates close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!
Did you know that 60% of electricity is wasted to resistance when it is transmitted through power lines? This makes transmission very inefficient. In fact, in order for one unit from the power plant to make its way into our homes, three units of source energy are needed. To provide enough electricity running constantly for all households would require us to burn more greenhouse gas-producing coal. However, because propane is kept in close proximity to your home in your propane tank, there is little-to-no loss between the fuel and appliances.
According to the Department of Energy, propane gas furnaces are more cost-effective for home heating than electric systems. Propane heats air to a temperature of 130° to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in shorter intervals than electric heaters, meaning you will feel warmer for longer periods of time. Electric heating only brings air temperature up to around 98.6° which is why it feels cooler when you place your hand near the vent.
Propane fireplaces have increased in popularity due to the benefits they offer compared to electric models. Propane flames, for instance, look more natural and realistic than electric ones, and heat your space faster. They also cost much less to operate.
Not only do propane furnaces last 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps, but they are also cheaper to maintain because they have fewer moving parts. Moreover, using a propane tankless water heater could save you $175 or more every year on your water heating costs.
Propane can enhance the function of numerous appliances in your house. For example, propane ranges offer more temperature control than electric ones, making it simpler to cook food perfectly. Also, propane tankless water heaters let you have all the hot water you want without fear of cold showers. Lastly, propane pool and spa heaters warm water much more rapidly and efficiently than electric models.
Become a Murray-Heutz customer and make the most of propane in your home!