There are multiple reasons why more and more homes in Virginia are switching to propane heating. If you’re considering upgrading your furnace and have been wondering about the benefits of propane, consider the following:
Propane is a readily available, economic choice for home heating. Residential propane prices are consistently lower than fuel oil and less prone to fluctuation over time.
Propane is a clean-burning product listed by the Clean Air Act as a viable alternative fuel source. Propane produces fewer emissions than other petroleum-derived products, which contributes to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
90% of propane sold in the U.S. is produced domestically, making it an important choice for anyone concerned about energy independence. This also means the price of propane is not affected by international events.
Many appliances can be powered by propane, too. It is estimated that switching an electric stove, water heater or fireplace for a propane-powered unit can save you up to 50% on your electricity bills!
Can cost up to 50% less to operate than standard electric storage models
Deliver hot water nearly 40% faster than standard electric storage models
Have a 20-year life span
Are compact and easy to install
Are largely recyclable and made from recycled materials
Are environmentally friendly
Create lower energy bills
Provide water heated on demand
Do not keep stored water heated
No stored water means no threat of storage tank leakage
No scale build-up or rust
*Replacing just 1% of electric water heaters with propane tankless systems would reduce GHG emissions produced by powering 230,000 homes for a year, or the equivalent of removing 62,000 SUV’s from the road. (PERC “Energy Efficiency Drives Demand for Tankless Water Heaters” 2009.)
There are multiple reasons why more and more homes in Virginia are switching to propane heating. If you’re considering upgrading your furnace and have been wondering about the benefits of propane, check out our interactive module.