March 15, 2021

Home Builders: The Propane Advantage for New Construction

With home sales inventory at an all time low, many buyers are turning to purchasing land and having custom homes built rather than waiting for their dream home to hit the market.

When choosing how to power your home, there are a lot of things to consider – availability of fuel sources, cost to install, efficiency, eco-friendly, etc. Propane can provide many advantages that electricity and oil don’t provide to a home buyer. Here are some things to consider when having your new home built.

  1. Efficiency – this is the number one consideration when choosing a fuel source. Propane appliances are almost always more efficient and clean burning than their electric counterpart (same size and output). For example, a propane tankless water heater can save a family 50% on their monthly energy bill compared to an electric model. Check out this video from Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) – embed into blog https://propane.com/for-my-home/adding-or-replacing-appliances/propane-versus-electric-water-heaters/
  2. Eco-friendly – Propane emits far less greenhouse gas emissions to produce the same amount of energy in electricity. Why? Over 40% of the electricity used in the US is still produced by coal-fired plants. Propane is much greener and a better solution for eco-conscious homeowners.
  3. Backup power is made easy – If your home is already being run by propane, installing a backup power generator is much easier, convenient, and affordable since you’ll already have propane on site. When severe weather and power outages hit, no more sitting by candlelight hoping your food doesn’t spoil.
  4. Versatile – Propane can power just about everything in your home from appliances to generators to water heaters to fireplaces to pool heaters all from a single storage tank!
  5. Warmer hot air – Electric heat pumps do a great job at efficiently heating warm air, but they don’t distribute air that’s warm to the touch. Propane furnaces heat air to a much higher temp than electric heat pumps to heat your home quicker and more efficiently.
  6. Safety – Propane gas is highly regulated by codes and standards from several federal, state, and local regulatory bodies. Because propane is so highly regulated and the safety standards are equally as high, there are very few propane accidents each year.

When it comes to building your dream home, you usually only get one shot as making the right fuel choice for your home – at least without extensive and costs repercussions. More than 14 million families use to propane to wash clothes, cook food, heat their homes, etc. With cost, environment, and safety benefits, propane is a fuel you should certainly consider in your new home.

 

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