The Emissions Advantage of Propane Appliances
Homeowners are paying more attention than ever to their carbon footprint. While electricity gets most of the attention, many are discovering the fact that propane appliances not only outperform electric models but also reduce harmful emissions.
As a hydrogen-rich fuel, propane is naturally a clean, low-emissions energy source. Because it is also incredibly efficient, propane can effectively provide heat, hot water and other functions while reducing the homeowners’ carbon footprint compared to electricity.
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) recently conducted an analysis of home energy use which studied three emissions types: full-fuel-cycle energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria pollutant emissions (NOx, SOx). This article outlines a summary of the findings.
Propane Space Heating
High-efficiency propane furnaces emit 50% less greenhouse gases compared to electric furnaces and 22% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric heat pumps.
With a high-efficiency propane furnace, homeowners have a cleaner source of home heat than electric furnaces, Energy Star rated and standard electric heat pumps, and heating oil. Propane also has a reputation for keeping homes more comfortable with a warmer heat than other power sources.
Propane Water Heating
High-efficiency propane water heaters emit 25% fewer NOx criteria pollutants compared to electric water heaters.
For lower emissions, propane storage tanks and tankless water heaters outperform electric models. Propane is also the best choice for energy efficiency that cuts homeowners’ energy bills, and keeps up with heavy water heater usage.
Cooking with Propane
High-efficiency propane kitchen ranges emit 83% less SOx criteria pollutants compared to electric kitchen ranges.
Beyond reducing harmful emissions, propane kitchen ranges give homeowners the best cooking experience available with instant heat and precise temperature control.
Propane Clothes Dryers
Propane clothes dryers emit 42% less greenhouse gases than electric clothes dryers.
For clothes drying, propane has the unique benefit of reducing greenhouse gases while also drying clothes faster, with a more moist heat to maintain the quality of the fabric of your clothes.
In addition to these appliances, propane can also effectively power fireplaces, standby generators, garage heaters, outdoor kitchens and grills, lighting and much more. See more benefits of propane appliances, or visit your local propane provider to discuss adding propane appliances to your home or new construction project.