In many parts of the country, including right here in North Carolina, there is a movement afoot to have homes convert to electricity for home heating, water heating, cooking, and more.
This push towards electrification stems from the misguided belief that electricity is “greener” than propane. However, this isn’t true.
In the United States, coal-fired power plants account for 50% of all electricity generated. These facilities produce greenhouse gases, resulting in acid rain and exacerbating climate change.
Propane, on the other hand, is a completely clean-burning fuel that releases almost no greenhouse gases!
The transmission of electricity is very inefficient. When electricity travels via the electrical lines from a power plant to your dwelling, resistance in the lines dissipates energy. To deliver one unit of power into your house, it takes three units of source energy. To supply power to our homes, additional coal must be burned, producing more carbon.
Propane is kept in a tank at your house, so there’s little energy loss from the tank to your appliances.
Propane is more energy-efficient than electricity when used for many appliances in your house, allowing you to decrease your environmental impact even further. Propane water heaters heat more water faster than electric ones and do it with about 30% less cost. Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry about 25% faster than comparable electric dryers.
Propane is more dependable than electricity in keeping your home warm if the electricity goes out. During power outages, homes heated by electricity are left cold. Because your propane supply is located at your home in your propane tank, you are not dependent on a utility grid for heating, water heating, cooking, and more.
The next step in the shift to a zero-carbon future is renewable propane. It is chemically equivalent to propane, and it is derived from renewable resources such as animal fats, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides.
More people here in North Carolina will be able to utilize renewable propane as the sector develops, allowing them to make their homes even more environmentally friendly.
Parker Gas can help you keep your carbon footprint small with dependable propane delivery and expert propane appliance installation and service. Become a customer today!