Propane for New Construction
From individual new homes to large-scale development projects, propane for new construction offers an advantageous choice to both homeowners and builders. With land prices on the rise, building within reach of a community with a natural gas supply isn’t always an option. And for many high-end developments, a house without gas — one that’s purely run on electricity — isn’t an option either.
Now consider having propane fuel for either a single-family home or an entire community, and you can begin to see why both homeowners and builders are getting excited about the freedom to live and build beyond the constraints — and high land costs — of natural gas lines.
Information for Homeowners
The benefits of choosing propane for your new home or vacation home are many. First of all, a growing number of builders are now working on installing community-wide propane delivery systems that make use of a large underground tank that’s conveniently located and has separate lines running to individual homes with meters.
In the case of an individual home, the days of installing a large propane tank above ground are drawing to a close as well. There’s now the option to bury a propane tank sufficient in size to support an entire home’s heating, cooking and fuel needs.
As a fuel, propane has many advantages over electricity, oil and natural gas. Propane produces hotter heat, and for areas with inclement weather and the risk of power outages, it can efficiently heat your home even when the electricity goes out. Moreover, it burns cleaner than oil and coal.
Since propane has been a longtime choice as a fuel for vacation homes, RVs and campers, it’s also becoming more and more popular as a power source for appliances and generators. Consider the efficiency of a tankless water heater, dependability of an emergency generator and comfort of a gas fireplace all fueled by propane, and you’ll begin to see why homeowners are turning to propane in ever-growing numbers to help solve their clean energy needs.
When it comes to costs, propane has proven to be a more cost-effective fuel source than electricity and oil for a number of reasons. Since propane produces higher temperatures than heaters powered by electricity, it’s more energy-efficient. Additionally, when the wear and tear on oil and electric powered heaters is compared to longer-lasting propane appliances like furnaces and tankless water heaters, it’s easy to see that there’s ongoing savings over the lifetime of appliances.
Information for Construction Industry Professionals
For homebuilders and construction professionals, there’s also a host of advantages to using propane as a temporary heating solution on worksites as well as including it as an option in new construction projects.
As mentioned above, increasing land prices and the limitations on where natural gas lines are located can stifle new construction options. But when you choose to include a community-wide propane source, new and exciting building opportunities open up. Not only can you build beyond natural gas supplies, but you can also build luxury homes with every amenity a natural gas supplied home would have.
For families concerned with both the environment and their budget, new homes complete with propane-fueled water heaters, appliances and even emergency generators are a more efficient, affordable and dependable solution than oil or electric powered homes.
Many building projects require a temporary heat source during their construction. To make sure the plaster on drywall or the paint on any interior surface dries adequately, you need sufficient heat. That’s why you should count on propane and propane-powered heating equipment. It burns cleanly, unlike kerosene heaters that can leave a filmy residue. Plus, propane heaters tend to radiate more BTUs than costlier electric heaters. Propane heating equipment is highly portable and easy to set up as well.
Foster Fuels has been a trusted supplier of residential and commercial fuels for well over 90 years. Contact us today to get answers to all of your propane-related questions. We look forward to sharing our expertise, built upon nearly a century of outstanding customer service.