When you hear the term “living off the grid,” you probably think of using alternative energy sources such as solar power to generate electricity, or wood stoves and ovens for heating and cooking purposes. However, many homeowners are discovering the many benefits of using propane for off-grid systems. Propane is a clean-burning fuel that is available in abundance. Propane for off-grid use can also provide a cost-effective home energy solution that can help to lower your energy bills.
Propane gas can serve as a stand-alone energy system you can use for home heating, hot water, cooking and other purposes. Like oil, you can store propane in a large, refillable above- or underground tank installed on your property, enabling you to keep an ample supply on hand at all times. You don’t have to worry about chopping wood or the potential fire hazards of using a wood stove.
Propane for Home Heating
Propane is an extremely dependable fuel source for keeping a home warm. Propane heating systems are regarded as more efficient that natural gas systems, and they often last twice as long as electric heating systems. The federal government and various state governments also offer rebates and other financial incentives to homeowners who install propane heating systems. Propane works with traditional forced air heating systems, as well as with more eco-friendly hydronic systems such as baseboard and radiant floor heat radiators.
Propane Water Heaters
Propane water heaters can help off-the-gridders minimize their hot water costs. Propane water heaters are about 30 percent less expensive to purchase and install than electric water heaters, and they are about 25 percent less expensive than oil water heaters. Tankless water heaters are now available that can produce up to 60 percent fewer carbon emissions than traditional electric water heaters.
Propane Appliances for Off-Grid Use
Propane can power a wide variety of home appliances designed for propane compatibility. There are even appliances that can operate via propane and without electricity. In the case of a propane stove or oven, a battery is used to generate the spark that ignites the burner or oven flame. Other examples of propane appliances for off-grid use include refrigerators, clothes dryers, freezers, space heaters and grills.
Other Examples of Propane for Off-Grid Use
Propane’s inherent versatility makes it extremely valuable for use by off-the-grid advocates in other ways. The propane torch, first introduced in the 1950’s has undergone a modernization for 21st century uses such as patio heating and lighting, melting ice, loosening corroded nuts and bolts and killing weeds. It can also be extremely beneficial to have a propane generator on hand to serve as a reliable backup power source in the event of a power outage.
Contact Foster Fuels to Learn More About Using Propane for Off-Grid Systems
Foster Fuels has been in the propane business since 1921. We can help you explore your options regarding propane for off-grid use in your home. Contact us to learn more about the many benefits of clean-burning, energy-efficient propane gas today.