Water Heating With Propane: A Smart Choice
According to the Energy Department, water heating can account for 15 to 25 percent of total residential energy usage. Propane water heating can help you save money, reduce your home’s carbon footprint and improve home comfort — regardless of where you live.
Propane vs. electricity: No contest
It's a fact: Not a single electric tankless water heater currently qualifies for Energy Star recognition. On the other hand, a number of propane tankless water heaters with an efficiency rating of 82 percent or more are on that list.
A propane unit can cut your water heating bills by as much as 60 percent compared with a standard electric model, all while providing instant, on-demand hot water. Many propane tankless water heaters also qualify for tax credits and other incentives, which can pay for a portion of your purchase and installation costs. If you want a standard tank-type water heater, propane offers faster initial heat-up and a quicker recovery rate than electric tank water heaters can deliver.
Clean and green
Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency show that propane generates less than half the greenhouse gas emissions produced by electricity, because most electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants. That's why propane is an approved alternative fuel recognized by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and a qualifying alternative fuel eligible for various federal tax incentives under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Propane fits your lifestyle
If you live in a rural or exurban area, propane's exceptional capabilities mean you don't have to trade quality of location for quality of life. In addition to tankless or tank water units, propane can easily be used to heat outdoor hot tubs and swimming pools. Qualified technicians can install underground or aboveground propane storage tanks and safely run all connections to household propane appliances.
Safety is simple
When it comes to the safe handling of propane, our industry’s commitment to professional training makes all the difference. In fact, the Propane Education & Research Council has established the Certified Employee Training Program, which is used by propane marketers nationwide and required in eight states. With proven teaching materials and extensive documentation, this highly respected certification program meets rigorous training requirements mandated by key agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. To find a qualified propane installer in your area, get in touch with the nearest Propane Retailer.