Propane vs. Electricity: By the Numbers

Posted: September 4, 2018

propane vs electricity

Just about any appliance that runs on electricity can operate more efficiently on propane – which means switching to propane appliances will not only save you money, but it will help the environment, too.

The numbers speak for themselves – keep these in mind when you compare electric to propane power for your home heating system and other home comfort appliances!

Propane water heaters can produce twice as much hot water as electric units in the same amount of time.

On average, propane water heaters cost 30 percent less to operate than electric ones—up to 50 percent less if you choose a tankless propane water heater.

Overall, propane tankless water heaters produce about 50 percent fewer carbon emissions than electric water heaters with a storage tank.

The average savings in homes using propane vs. electric water heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The amount of kilowatt hours of electricity needed to produce the same amount of energy as burning one gallon of propane.

Most high-efficiency propane furnaces feature two-stage gas burners and variable speed motors to deliver warm air to your home. That’s why, on the coldest Maine night, your propane-heated home will feel much warmer than one heated solely with electric heat.

Today’s clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace can operate at 95 percent efficiency or more. If electricity is produced by a coal-fired power plant, more than half the energy used to produce and deliver your power is wasted.

The average lifespan of a propane gas furnace vs. an electric heat pump.

Still using electric appliances? It just doesn’t add up. Switch to propane today! Contact us for details.