Propane vs. Electricity: Which is Better?

Written on: December 5, 2022

Discover the benefits of propane in your home!

propane or electricity new york Recently, more and more people have been suggesting that we use electricity as our primary energy source for powering our homes, including for home heating and water heating.

The belief that electric homes are more environmentally friendly is mistaken and could have a negative impact on our homes, wallets, and way of life.

Hometowne Energy offers dependable propane delivery and expert propane appliance installation so that you can enjoy all the benefits of using propane to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable without worry. Propane has several advantages over electricity, including being more reliable and efficient.

Propane offers superior energy efficiency

Propane-powered appliances are more energy efficient than electric ones. For example, a propane water heater can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. You also are able to dry your laundry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer.

Propane is better for the environment

Although electricity may refer to as “cleaner” than propane, it is not. In fact, coal-fired power plants produce 22% of the electricity in the United States and are detrimental to the environment. They cause smog and acid rain while also being one of the leading drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in America. However, propane is much cleaner because it creates close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Propane virtually eliminates energy waste

Inefficient electric transmission due to power line resistances causes approximately 60% of electricity to be wasted during travel. For every one unit of electricity that reaches your home from the power plant, three units of source energy are required. Burning greenhouse gas-producing coal is necessary to provide homeowners with electricity. With your propane near your home in your propane tank, there is virtually no energy loss from the tank to your propane appliances.

Propane is better at heating

According to the Department of Energy, propane home heating has been more cost-effective than electricity in recent years. A propane furnace heats air much hotter (Between 130° and 140° Fahrenheit) than an electric one does (usually only up to 98.6°), so you’ll feel the difference!

Propane offers better comfort

Propane fireplaces have many advantages over electric ones, and these factors are important to consumers. Propane flames look more natural and realistic than electric flames, they heat your space faster, and cost much less to operate overall.

You can count on propane!

Unlike electricity, propane will never let you down. If you have a propane tank right on your property, you won’t need to worry about losing power and not being able to cook. With a whole-house backup generator fueled by propane, you’ll be able to keep the lights on and your house comfortable and secure even during an outage.

Propane appliances save you money

By investing in a propane furnace, you will get a better return on your investment as they last 5 to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps. Propane furnaces are cheaper to maintain than heat pump units because they have fewer moving parts. Propane water heaters could save you $175 a year on your water heating costs.

Propane enhances your quality of life

Propane makes many appliances around your home better. With a propane range, you can better manage the temperature while cooking, so your food is cooked beautifully. Also, gone are the days of cold showers! With a propane tankless water heater, you can have access to hot water whenever you need it. Plus, propane pool and spa heaters work much faster than electric models, making them more efficient overall.

Become a Hometowne Energy customer for the best propane service in the Finger Lakes Region!