When you think of residential propane the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a gas grill. However, propane fuel’s uses extend far beyond your barbecue. Hundreds of thousands of industrial sites use propane for bronzing, vulcanizing, space heating, soldering, cutting, and more. Restaurants use it for heating, cooling, and cooking, and laundromats use it to try clothes. Propane is used by 60 million people in the United States, including 8.1 million households. In fact, there are numerous benefits for residential propane customers.
- While electricity is a very expensive utility, propane is a cost efficient fuel. Heating and cooking with gas will save a homeowner about half the amount of money that electrical power would.
- Propane is reliable during a power outage. If electrical lines are disabled, propane customers will still be able to heat and light their homes (as long as the light is gas-powered), as well as refrigerate and cook food.
- Tankless water heaters that are heated by propane cost about one third less than electric heaters. They also have much faster reheat times.
- Propane is not only cost-efficient, but also eco-friendly and sustainable, unlike petroleum products. Propane is made from the byproducts of crude oil and natural gases, and does not emit any gases that do not meet the requirements of clean fuel vehicles. It is completely nontoxic and does not affect water supplies or other ecosystems. As propane is completely odorless, an odor is added to propane in order to detect gas leaks. Despite the precaution, the gas will not hurt any humans, animals or other organisms.
The only scenario where propane can become dangerous is if it is poured on the skin in its liquid form, as its boiling point is only -44 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Gas furnaces last significantly longer than electric heat pump — about five t 10 years on average. The gas furnace also burns hotter at around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Electric pumps burn at about 98 degrees, similarly to the temperature of the human body.
- On top of everything, propane is readily available and produced primarily in the United States. The propane that is imported is mostly shipped in from Canada and Mexico, reducing foreign oil dependence. The propane trade is secure and employs mostly American employees. Considering all of these things, the benefits for residential propane customers vastly outweigh those of electric customers, providing quality, reliable heating, cooling, and cooking gas. Great references here.