Heating Your Home: Propane vs. Electricity
Which Is the Better Choice for Your Home?
When choosing what’s best for you and your family, there are a few things to consider. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an older one, how will you power your heating system as well as your essential appliances?
Here are some reasons to choose propane instead of electricity for your western North Carolina home.
- Propane will save you money. Appliances run on propane are extremely efficient and therefore cost less to run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save $174 yearly just by using a propane water heater versus an electric one.
- Propane is convenient. If you live in a remote area of North Carolina, accessing the electric grid can get expensive. However, propane is portable, so the professionals at James Oxygen can deliver it right to your home when it’s most convenient for you.
- Propane is versatile. Use propane to cook with precision as well as heat your home, dry your clothes, and warm your water. You can also use propane outside your home to BBQ, power a firepit, warm your deck or patio, light your outdoor space, and keep your pool or spa at just the right temperature. Propane can also go camping with you.
- Propane works quickly. Propane water heaters work faster to heat your water than their electric counterparts. Propane clothes dryers can dry your laundry 25% faster than electric dryers and cause less static. Propane space heaters are also significantly more efficient than electric heaters.
If you’re still not convinced that propane is right for you home, consider the following facts and figures:
- It takes 27 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce the same amount of energy as burning one gallon of propane.
- The average lifespan of a propane gas furnace is 20 years. For an electric heat pump, it’s 14 years.
- Propane water heaters produce roughly half the carbon emissions of electric water heaters with a storage tank.
- A propane water heater can produce twice the volume of hot water as an electric heater in the same time span.
- Propane water heaters can cost anywhere between 30%-50% less to operate than electric models.
Why wait? Make the switch to propane power today! Contact the experts at James Oxygen to learn more and ask about our special savings opportunities.