Using Propane in the Home

May 24, 2019

Propane is quickly becoming a popular fuel because of its versatility.  It can power many home appliances and is very energy efficient.  Propane has become such a popular fuel because of its cost-effective nature when compared to other fuel sources.  It is also a safe energy source, but be aware that it is still combustible and because it’s heavy, propane sinks to the floor if there’s a leak, which may make the leak harder to detect.  Compared to other fuel sources, propane is environmentally friendly, meeting the clean air energy standards set by the EPA (Environmental Detection Agency).  It is non-toxic, water soluble, and there cannot be any spillage since it’s a gas!  Let’s take a look at some ways you can use propane gas within your home.

Heat.

You can use propane gas to heat your home during the winter!  Heating systems that use propane are actually more reliable than alternatives and tend to be used in areas that experience especially cold winters.  Electric heat pumps have a major weak point in extremely cold weather.  The way they work is they pull air in from the outdoors, heat it, and distribute through space.  Unfortunately, the colder it gets, the less effective this can be, considering your heating system is pulling in extremely cold air.  The ability to circulate this and keep it very warm decreases along with the temperature.  Propane heating systems are extremely energy efficient, which saves a lot of money in the winter and they can heat your home up to 20 degrees warmer than electric heating systems.  You’ll love that extra 20 degrees when it gets down to single digit temperatures. 

Cooking.

If you happen to be a fan of King of the Hill, you may be very aware of Hank Hill’s famous line, which he boasts with pride, “I sell propane and propane accessories”.  Many barbecue grills, stoves, and ovens use propane gas.  Gas cooktops heat faster than electric, offer even distribution of heat, and offer more temperature control.  You’ll be able to get the perfect medium rare for your next backyard BBQ easily with a propane gas grill.  You’ll also have an easier cleanup when compared to your basic charcoal grill.  No need to clean up and get rid of the burnt, charred pieces of coal.  Propane also produces less smoke when grilling and does not transfer taste as coal would.  Propane grills are safer since you can easily turn off flames, whereas with a charcoal grill if things get a bit too heated, you’ll have to deal with the fire more hands on. 

Water Heater.

Electric water heaters can cost you a lot, especially if there’s a lot of water usage within your household. Our friends at American Efficiency talk about how both traditional storage tank water heaters and tankless water heaters can be powered with propane gas.  This is more energy efficient and eco-friendly than electric water heating.  You’ll be saving yourself money on your electricity bill and heating your water much faster.  The hot water also tends to last longer, so the heater doesn’t have to be actively working as often.

As you can see, there are many ways to switch from electric to gas within your home.  Doing so can make your appliances run more efficiently, effectively, and at a lower cost to you.  From heating your home in the winter to cooking, doing laundry, and heating your water, propane offers a great, eco-friendly alternative to electricity.  Considering propane gas is relatively low cost for the amount of energy you’d be getting, the savings really add up.  Do any of you readers use propane to power your home appliances?  Tell us about it, we’d love to hear about your creative ways to save money and energy!