Buying or Selling a Propane-heated Home

Written on: June 20, 2022

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propane home uses texasLocation, school district, commute time, and of course, style—there’s a lot to think about when you’re house-hunting! And while considering the systems and fuels that run your new home aren’t the most “glamorous” aspects to focus on, they are undoubtedly some of the most important. If you’ve never lived in a propane-fueled home before, you might be surprised to know all the benefits. Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around.

It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances, as well as heating and water-heating equipment, at a much lower cost than electricity. Let’s get you familiar with propane and why you should pay attention to it amidst your home-buying process.

Propane vs. Electric Heating Systems

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. That means propane appliances are very efficient as well, 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.

In other words, propane can offer more bang for your buck, all while protecting the environment. It’s a win-win for customers who care about the environment, but also want to keep costs under control. 

Propane Can Power Your Home Both Inside and Out

Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances. For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon.

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174. The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat, including:

…and did we mention that Pico Propane and Fuels sells, installs, and maintains many of these propane appliances? Stop by our Bergheim, TX showroom today to see all our available products and equipment.

Making the Move

Have you decided to make the move to a propane-fueled home? Congratulations! Here are a few things to consider:

The Impact on Your Home’s Value

While there are many advantages to using propane, it’s true that it doesn’t significantly change the value of your property compared to other fuel sources. An exception, however, may be when it comes to both fireplaces, built-ins, and firepits. These extras tend to increase a home’s attractiveness to homebuyers. The National Association of Realtors has reported that a propane fireplace can increase the value of a home by up to $10,000 or more.

Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or new to the state, Pico Propane and Fuels can help make heating and powering your new Texas or New Mexico home easy. Explore our great selection of services like Keep-Full automatic delivery, wireless tank monitoring, and more to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Contact us today to learn more—and welcome home!