March 30, 2019

Is it time to upgrade to a propane hot water heater?

There is NEVER a convenient time to have your hot water heater break. Most people use hot water in their home every single day – whether it’s for bathing, washing dishes, cooking, or doing laundry. If your hot water heater is over 10 years old – you might want to be prepared for the day when you turn on the hot water and get nothing but cold or worse yet, you find yourself with a flooded room due to a leak from an aging heater.

Being proactive and replacing that old heater will not only save you from a big inconvenience and additional emergency service charges, but it could also save you from a flood. If you are going to replace your system, it makes sense to also upgrade to a better system. Here’s why a propane water heater may be your best option:

Efficiency. Your electric water heater is the single biggest draw on your home’s electric bill – about 25% of your total energy cost! Conversely, propane water heaters are more energy efficient than electric models. Why? Because propane heats water at a quicker rate lowering energy usage. Less money spent on heating your water means less money spent on your energy bill each month!

Space Saving. Whether you choose a storage tank water heater or a tankless water heater, propane powered water heaters are smaller than electric. Tankless water heaters only take up 12 square feet of floor space. They supply an unlimited amount of hot water, but only on demand. That means that you’re not wasting energy keeping the tank of hot water, hot. And, saving space means more room for other “stuff”.

Lower carbon footprint. Propane has a lower carbon output. For homeowners interested in lowering their carbon footprint, propane is the way to go. Propane burns cleanly and produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy sources. So, you can be green without breaking the bank! THAT is something to smile about.

Made in America.  Propane production keeps jobs on U.S. soil. As of 2012, more than 145,000 workers across the U.S. are employed in propane production, transportation, and distribution. And, we have an abundance. More than enough to meet the growing demand of propane.

Is it time to replace your water heater with a high-efficiency propane model? If you aren’t sure, take the handy quiz at Propane.com to find out. If you have questions, we’d love to answer them for you. At Baribault Fuel, we’re always happy to discuss your water heater options with you.

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