Unplug That Electric Water Heater: Switch To Propane
Heating water accounts for just under 20 percent of the energy used in a typical American home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy – which means the type of water heater you choose can have a big impact on your household bottom line (not to mention your home’s resale value and carbon footprint).
For these reasons and more, we recommend switching from electric to propane when the time comes to install your next water heater.
Propane Water Heater Benefits
Compared to an electric-powered water heater, a propane powered water heater is:
- A better long-term investment – When you consider the total cost of owning a propane water heater – including installation fees, the longer lifespan of the equipment, and the amount of water you can heat per dollar spent on fuel – propane equipment ends up being about 30 percent cheaper than electricity over the course of the equipment’s lifetime.
- A better performer – A propane water heater heats water nearly twice as quickly as an electric heater, which means faster recovery times (and therefore less time without hot water; with a propane tankless water heater, that downtime shrinks to zero). Propane water heaters are also extremely durable, lasting up to a decade longer than electric heat pump models.
- Safer – Propane enjoys one of the best records among home energy sources, thanks in large part to the strict regulations placed on its handling and use.
- More eco-friendly – Almost two-thirds of the electricity produced in Massachusetts is generated by burning natural gas, which is mostly methane – a gas that is more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Burning propane releases virtually no greenhouse gases.
In short, compared with electric models, propane water heaters cost less to operate, last longer, and are less harmful to the planet. If you make a further investment in a propane tankless water heating system, you’ll also save space, get unlimited hot water, and gain more accurate temperature control and longer equipment life.
When you add it all up, propane and water heating are a perfect match. To learn more about propane water heater installation in western Massachuetts, contact FSi today!