Converting Your Home From Electricity to Propane Gas
Written on: March 21, 2022
How Hard is Making the Switch? It’s Actually Quite Easy!
A lot of people have been opening their electric bills and wondering if there’s a limit to how high they can go. Others are questioning just how “clean” electricity really is—since most electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants, generating electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. And many people are also discovering that propane is a great option to power many of their home’s appliances and systems. It’s greener than electricity—and more efficient, too.
Converting a home to propane is a relatively straightforward, easy process that will leave you with lower energy bills and support a cleaner environment. The average conversion takes about two days, with little disruption to your life or comfort.
Why is Propane the Smartest Fuel Choice?
Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. Propane also offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances, such as water heaters, ranges, and clothes dryers, at a much lower cost than their electric counterparts. Plus, it’s ideal for outdoor living, too—think patio and pool heaters, fire pits, and of course, grills.
- Versatility. Like electricity, propane is versatile enough to power almost any appliance. The difference is that propane will almost always do a better job of it. A propane water heater, for example, will save you about 30 percent on your monthly energy bills compared to an electric water heater while providing much faster recovery times—and fewer cold showers! You’ll save even more energy when you choose a tankless propane water heater.
- Efficiency. Propane is also more energy-efficient. Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances are very efficient too, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.
- Reliability. If you run your home with propane and the electricity goes out, many of your appliances will continue to work. A propane-powered whole-house backup generator can make sure your home has lights and other necessities. You’ll be able to keep food safely cold or frozen, electronics running, the home security system on, and more. After the last few winters here in Texas and New Mexico, we’re no strangers to just how valuable this can prove to be.
- Eco-friendly. When it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is a great choice. It burns cleanly and produces minimal emissions. Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater – an important factor when it comes to determining whether a fuel is “green.” Meanwhile, most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.
Ready to Switch to Propane? Contact Pico Today!
There is a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home-heating system and appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability and more. The pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can answer all your questions, and help you make the switch:
- We’ll assess your needs and help you convert your appliances and systems.
- Lease—and install—your propane storage tank.
- Provide dependable propane delivery and service from the propane company trusted by customers throughout Texas and New Mexico.
Thinking about making the switch to propane? Contact us today for more information or to get a FREE estimate on getting started.