How homeowners can save with propane

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Not only does propane have the capability to power all of your home’s major energy systems, but propane appliances perform better and save you money compared to electric appliances. From water heating, cooking and clothes dryers, propane helps you save energy and money. Save  approximately 40% on your electricity bill per month and up to $5,000 per year when you make the switch.

How does propane help you save? Well, propane is a primary energy source and can be used directly upon purchase. Electricity, however, is a secondary energy source and can only be used once it is created by another energy source. In other words, it takes more energy to create electricity which impacts cleanliness, efficiency and cost. 

It’s easy to see the potential to save when you look at the math behind it.

Calculating Energy Usage

Propane and electricity are measured in different units. Propane is measured in BTUs and electricity in Kilowatts. Although they are measured in unique ways, both fuels are calculated on a per hour basis for efficiency and energy consumption, which helps us determine which one is the better source of energy for your home. 

One gallon of propane equals 26.8 Kilowatt hours (kWh) and 1 watt is equivalent to approximately 3.41 BTUs per hour. The next time you receive your CUC bill, divide the total number of kWh used by 26.8 which equals one gallon of propane. Once you have that, find the total cost for one gallon of propane and compare them side by side. This is an easy way to determine what you would have spent had you switched to propane. 

Visit this webpage to learn more about the difference between propane and electricity.

In case we lost you, we will provide an example below.

Case Study

Meet Dee, a Cayman Islands resident who wants to figure out whether she should switch from electricity to propane in her home. Dee’s electricity bill last month was $408.66 and sees that she used 1,436 kWh. That’s about $0.29 per hour. Since she knows that there are 26.8 kWh in a gallon of propane, her usage of propane would have been 53.5 gallons. At a current rate of $4.15 per gallon, Dee would have spent only $222.03 on his monthly bill. She looks at these numbers head-to-head and realizes that he could have saved $185.63 this month. That’s an impressive savings of over 45%! 

Now, let’s take a look at two commonly used appliances in the household – propane ranges and propane powered tankless water heaters. 

Cost by Appliance

We know that propane is an efficient fuel and holds more energy per volume than electricity. This results in a reduced overall usage cost. Below, we will take a look at how propane ranges and water heaters stack up when comparing propane and electricity.

Propane Tankless Water Heater

  • Delivers endless supply of water
  • Only heats water when it’s needed
  • Compact size saves roughly 12 square feet of floor space
  • Saves more than $150/year in energy costs when compared with typical electric storage water heaters
  • Roughly half the CO2 emissions of electric storage tank systems

Propane Ranges

  • Preferred by professional chefs for precise temperature control
  • Annual energy cost is roughly $80-$120 per year
  • Emits approximately 30 percent fewer CO2 emissions than electric units
  • Instant-on burners allow cooking to start right away
  • Instant-off feature quickly cools down the cooktop and prevents overcooking

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It is evident that propane outperforms electricity when it comes to reliability, saving money, and reducing environmental impact.

Visit this interesting article to learn more about the benefits of propane appliances in the home. 

Let us help you make the switch and start saving today. Chat to a propane specialist at Clean Gas to learn more. Just give us a call at 223-4427 or email gopropane@cleangas.ky

 

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