Is Propane Better Than Electricity?

Written on: July 4, 2022

Learn about the advantages propane offers

propane and electricity new yorkThere has been a huge push for making electricity the primary energy source for houses, both nationally and right here in New York, based on the myth that it is the best approach to combat climate change.
But when you look more closely, you’ll notice that propane is the energy source that will assist us in achieving a zero-carbon future in a variety of ways.

Propane is more environmentally friendly

Some people think that electricity is “cleaner” than propane. This isn’t correct, though. About half of all electricity generated in the United States comes from coal-fired power stations that increase greenhouse gases and cause acid rain. Propane, on the other hand, is so clean burning it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions! 

Electricity is inefficiently transmitted. When electricity travels from a power plant through wires to your home, it encounters resistance, which results in a great deal of energy being lost. To create a unit of electricity in your house, it takes three units of source energy. To give us power, therefore, more coal must be burned, resulting in more carbon and CO₂.

Because propane is right there at your home, there is virtually no loss of energy from the tank to your appliances. 

Get better energy efficiency and comfort with propane

Propane is a better alternative to electricity for many appliances because it offers superior energy efficiency, allowing you to lower your environmental impact even more. Propane water heaters heat more water faster than their electric counterparts and do it with about 30% less cost. Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry about 25% faster than comparable electric dryers. 
Electricity cannot match propane when it comes to dependability If your home is heated by electricity and the power goes out, you have no heat. With propane, on the other hand, you’re not reliant on a utility grid for your heating, water heating, cooking, or other needs because your propane supply is right at your home. A propane whole-house standby generator can keep your home safe and comfortable during power outages.

Renewable propane: Leading us towards a zero-carbon future

Renewable propane is a revolutionary new development in creating more environmentally friendly energy sources.

Molecularly, renewable propane is identical to conventional propane. It’s made from non-fossil fuels like animal fats, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides, which are sustainable and renewable resources.

More of us here in the Finger Lakes region will be able to use renewable propane in the coming years to reduce our environmental impact even further while enjoying efficiency and comfort in our homes.
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