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Propane vs. Electricity: Which is Better?

Get superior reliability and comfort with Parker Gas!

propane or electricity north carolina If you’ve been thinking about the best energy source for keeping your North Carolina home comfortable and safe, it’s a wise idea to take a good look at propane delivery and equipment services from Parker Gas!

Let’s walk through all the ways propane can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Get better energy efficiency with propane

Home appliances like ranges, furnaces, and water heaters that use propane are more energy efficient than electric ones. For example, a propane water heater can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. Also, your laundry will dry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer as opposed to an electric one.

Propane shrinks your carbon footprint

Although people might think that electricity is “cleaner” than propane, it actually isn’t. In the U.S., 50% of electricity annually comes from coal-fired power plants, which produce a lot of smog and acid rain. Also, making electricity in power plants is one of the biggest drivers behind greenhouse gas emissions in America, second only to transportation. Propane produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Propane virtually eliminates energy waste

Did you know that around 60% of electricity is lost to resistance when it runs through power lines? This makes transmission very inefficient. In fact, it takes three units of source energy just to get one unit from the power plant into our homes. To provide enough electricity for all households, there’s no choice but 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.

Stay warmer with propane

Propane gas furnaces are more cost-effective for home heating than electric systems, according to the Department of Energy. Propane heats air to 130° to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in shorter intervals, so you stay warmer longer. Electric heating only brings air temperature up to around 98.6°, which explains why it feels cooler when you place your hand near the vent.

Get cozy with propane

Propane fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular due to the multiple advantages they offer compared to electric models. Propane flames look more natural and realistic, for example, and heat your space faster than electric flames do. Additionally, propane fireplaces cost much less to operate than electric ones.

Propane helps you save money

Propane furnaces last approximately 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps, saving you money in the long run. They are also cheaper to maintain because they consist of fewer moving parts. In addition, propane tankless water heaters could save you $175 or more annually on your water heating costs.

Propane enhances your quality of life

Propane can make many appliances work more efficiently in your home. For instance, with a propane range, you have greater temperature control than with electric ranges which makes it easier to cook food perfectly. Also, tankless water heaters that use propane will allow you to enjoy all the hot water you want with no risk of cold showers. Lastly, propane pool and spa heaters heat water much faster and more effectively than electric models.

Become a Parker Gas customer and enjoy the benefits of propane in your North Carolina home!