Written on: December 13, 2021
There are many organizations and governments, including some right here in Connecticut, urging people to switch their homes to all-electric heating, water heating, cooking, etc. This effort is based on the faulty belief that electric appliances are better for the environment than propane ones.
But it’s actually just the opposite. Propane emits fewer than half the greenhouse-gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. More than 40% of the electricity used in the United States is produced by coal-fired power plants. Coal-generated electricity is the second-largest contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, and coal also emits harmful chemicals that contribute to pollution, smog and acid rain.
When it comes to energy efficiency, propane once again beats electricity. When evaluating the total energy consumed (this includes the energy consumed in the extraction, production, processing and transportation of the fuel to the point of use), propane is 87% efficient. Electricity is a paltry 32% efficient.
Propane-powered appliances such as tankless water heaters use less energy than comparable electric appliances, resulting in a reduced environmental impact.
In addition to a reduced environmental impact, propane offers many quality-of-life improvements that homeowners want with gas-powered appliances.
When you have propane, you can enjoy all those amenities without having to live in a neighborhood with a natural-gas utility. Read on for some examples of what propane can do for your home.
Propane fireplaces and fireplace inserts give you cozy comfort on a chilly day with the push of a button. You’ll love cooking on a propane range, with its precise and instant temperature control.
You know that propane is great for grilling. But it can do so much more, powering pool and spa heaters, outdoor fireplaces, deck and patio heaters, firepits, and insect traps, among other appliances.
Propane can give you security with a whole-house backup generator that will keep your home safe and comfortable when the power goes out.
Another benefit you have with propane is that you are not dependent on a natural-gas utility for your supply. Your propane is right there at your home in your propane tank, and with reliable propane delivery from Seymour Oil & Propane, you know that you’ll always have the fuel you need when you need it.