Comparing Propane’s Benefits to Electric Heat

Written on: January 24, 2022

Going All-In on Electric Power Isn’t as Green as It Seems

clean home heat texasAfter a year of higher highs and lower lows—not to mention the increased threat of hurricanes along our coast—it’s hard to argue that extreme weather is a rare occurrence. The reality is that these varying weather occurrences and their repercussions affect our daily lives long after they’ve passed through.

In line with that, we’re hearing more and more about initiatives to completely convert to electric-powered home equipment, which has been subsequently promoted as the key to combating climate change. But after Uri exposed the weakness of our electric grid system last winter, it’s clear that electrification may not be the one-size fits all solution.

Here’s why propane is a better alternative both environmentally and economically for residents of Texas and New Mexico.

Propane Burns Cleaner

One of the selling points of electricity is that it has “zero” emissions. In fact, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases. More than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.

Propane, on the other hand, is far more clean burning, generating nearly zero emissions. Propane is also a nontoxic, nonpoisonous fuel that burns cleaner than other fuels. Additionally, propane will not create an environmental hazard in the event of a spill or leak.

Now, there’s an even “greener” type of propane on the horizon. Renewable propane is made from sustainable sources—most commonly animal fats and vegetable oils. Much like other biofuels, it has a very small carbon footprint and requires no new or special equipment to be used.

Propane Offers Reliability and Versatility

If you run your home with propane and the electricity goes out, you still have options at your disposal. Needless to say, those with electric appliances can’t say the same. Your home will stay warm and comfortable thanks to your supply of propane stored right on your property, in a propane tank that’s kept full with prompt, reliable deliveries.

During our hot summer seasons, a propane-powered whole-house backup generator will keep your air conditioner running through an outage, as much a matter of life and death here in Texas as heat can be in colder climates. And of course, it will power your lights and other necessities. You’ll be able to keep food safely cold or frozen, electronics running, the home security system on, and more! All from the supply of propane already on your property. No queuing for gasoline to run a portable generator, and no need for reliance on a natural gas pipeline, either.

Converting to All-Electric Power is Expensive

For starters, complicated electric conversion regulations cost everyday landlords, businesses, and homeowners a lot of money, while leaving them at risk for loss of power. When it comes to your wallet, consider that it costs more to heat your home with electricity. The average cost of a heat pump conversion varies depending on the home’s existing heat source. However, research shows that whether you use oil, propane, natural gas, a wood stove, or even existing electric heating, the conversion cost remains above $16,000.

What’s worse? Electric heat takes much longer to reach a comfortable temperature and can struggle to maintain it—driving up your energy usage even further.

The Bottom Line

There is a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home heating and supplemental appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability and more. And with new industry standards created to help consumers and the environment, choosing the cheapest option is not always the recommended option. You can feel comfortable choosing propane-powered appliances because they will not only provide added efficiency, but they’ll also keep your house running and your family comfortable all while helping the environment.

Thinking about making the switch to propane? The pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can make it easy! We’re happy to answer all your questions and explain the benefits of converting your Texas home to propane. Contact us today for mor information.