Propane provides a lifestyle of comfort and unmatched benefits. If you are building a new home, you and your clients can benefit from using propane.
Propane can be used throughout a home for space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, backup power, grills, and outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, just for starters. Propane appliances provide several benefits to homeowners, including energy efficiency, cost savings and increased comfort, making propane a great selling feature for new homes.
But homeowners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from installing propane appliances. Homebuilders can benefit from using propane as an energy source, too. High-efficiency propane appliances add value to homes by providing desirable features, efficiency and ambience. Homebuyers want comfort and convenience, and propane helps your projects stand out from others on the market.
The benefits don’t stop with increased livability. Homebuilders can take advantage of more several rebates and incentives available to homebuilders from the Missouri Propane Education and Research Council and the national Propane Education and Research Council.
At the state level, MOPERC has recently kicked off a HomePro partnership program. In the HomePro program, MOPERC partners with builders to construct “propane showplaces” that showcase the benefits of propane homes and the propane lifestyle. For homes built using specified propane appliances, properly installed and meeting all safety requirements in the installation process, homebuilders will receive both financial benefits and increased visibility through several promotional channels.
HomePro packages will vary from home to home, based on the number of upgraded propane appliances included, but the Council’s investment will range from $25,000 to $50,000. The homebuilder gets the added appeal of upscale propane appliances while the Council uses the opportunity to host open houses, create marketing content and promote both the builder and the suppliers. HomePro’s goal is to partner with up to four projects each year. The projects should be model of spec homes that are already planned for a propane furnace and water heater and where the builder has already selected a propane supplier. Candidates are selected based on geographic representation, the opportunities for promotion (entering the project in a Parade of Homes is a plus) and other factors.
Beyond the HomePro builder campaign, MOPERC also offers additional rebates to homeowners and builders when they install a propane furnace, water heater or other appliances in new construction or which replace non-propane units. Available through participating Missouri propane dealers, the rebates are currently $400 for a propane water heater, $400 for a propane furnace, and up to two $100 rebates for a propane cookstove, fireplace, hard-piped grill or generator, up to a total of $1000 for the home.
Those rebates are available to homeowners or homebuilders, while funding is available. Your participating propane dealer will have the details.
More rebates are offered through the national PERC program, and the good news is that these are available on top of the state rebates for home builders. Construction professionals can earn up to $1,500 per project by installing qualifying appliances in new or remodeled homes. This rebate can be awarded up to five times per year, for a total of $7,500.
Propane appliances create an ideal lifestyle for homeowners and add value to the home. With all of these incentives, it is easy to see why building with propane is a great choice for your upcoming projects.
To learn more about the rebates and incentives available and to apply, visit your local propane dealer. They will be able to assist you from the beginning of the project all the way through to completion.