As a homeowner, you are likely always looking for ways to cut your energy costs while maintaining comfort in your home. You’ve probably heard about propane and want to learn more about whether this eco-friendly gas is a good energy alternative. The first thing you should know is that more than 12 million homes in the United States use propane to power a broad range of appliances including furnaces, dryers, stoves, generators, and water heaters. In most cases, conversion is simple — you will have to change the fittings that connect your appliances to their fuel supply.
Not only is propane versatile, but it’s a safe, clean, and accessible option. Most of the propane used in the U.S. is produced in North America. It is a nontoxic byproduct of natural gas and crude oil, with less flammability. It also produces less carbon emissions than gasoline, diesel, and the coal used to generate electricity, which is why it is considered a federally approved clean fuel alternative.
Furthermore, propane qualifies for federal and state tax rebates, credits, and incentives that can save you money along with some energy-efficient benefits, such as the lower costs associated with propane-powered clothes dryers. Propane is also reliable and economical. It has an indefinite shelf life, unlike gasoline, which means it won’t deteriorate in storage. For more great benefits of using propane in your home, see the infographic below, first published by Griffith Energy Services.