Using Propane for Off-Grid Power

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.

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Post updated on January 14th, 2019

5 thoughts on “Using Propane for Off-Grid Power”

  1. Derek Mcdoogle says:

    You mentioned that propane heating systems are regarded as more efficient than natural gas systems, and the often last twice as long as electric heating systems. Do most people have their propane delivered to their home on a regular basis? My friend just moved into a new home that has propane heating and is trying to find out how to have it delivered. Finding a reputable propane delivery company might be the best option.

    1. fosterfuels says:

      Derek, thanks for your comment. Yes, depending on what the propane is being used for, most people who use propane in their home have regular deliveries. We have a program called Auto-Fill that is great for the customers that want one less thing on their to do list. We would be happy to help your friend and answer any questions you may have. Just call 800-344-6457 or send us your information through our Contact us form.

  2. Kallin Baumann says:

    Hey I am looking at a house for sale in Eastern Washington. It has no electricity, but uses propane for heating, refrigerator, and water heater. They also have a generator hooked up to propane. As well as solar panels. I have never dealt with propane other than using it for my stove, electricity is always been an alternative. As far as efficiency and cost, can you give me a rough idea compared to Electric?

    1. fosterfuels says:

      Thank you Jack for you question. There are many variants that have to be considered before giving you an adequate answer. Please feel free to reach out to one of our experts at 800-344-6457 or but visiting our Contact Us page.

  3. Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for explaining how propane systems can be a more efficient option compared to other alternatives. If I were moving to a new property, I’d definitely lean more towards a propane heating system to help me cut costs and save money on my bills in the long run. This is a really interesting read about off-grid water.

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