Propane Vs. Electricity and Other Fuels

Discover the advantages propane offers

You have choices for how you power your Southeast Pennsylvania home. Propane is one of them.

Let’s run through the ways propane stacks up against other common residential energy sources.

The differences between propane and electricity

A nationwide movement is gaining momentum to require the use of electricity for all household necessities, ranging from heating and water heating to cooking. This effort stems from the misconception that electricity is a more environmentally friendly option than propane.

Propane offers many advantages over electricity when it comes to environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, comfort, convenience and security. Coal-fired power plants in the United States account for about half of the electricity produced nationally. These plants release greenhouse gases, smog and acid rain. In contrast, propane burns so cleanly that it emits nearly zero greenhouse gases.

Using propane for heating and major appliances offers the advantage of an on-site fuel tank and energy control. Unlike electric systems relying on the overloaded grid, a propane-powered home ensures uninterrupted heating, hot water, cooking and laundry even during power outages.

A propane whole-house backup generator means added security during power outages, as it keeps essential systems, like lights, security, the refrigerator, the sump pump and more, operational.

Using propane instead of electricity for various household appliances offers enhanced energy efficiency, resulting in cost savings and a reduced environmental impact. A propane water heater excels in heating water rapidly and is 30% more cost-effective than its electric counterpart. Additionally, propane clothes dryers outperform electric models, drying laundry 25% faster.

Propane vs. natural gas

better with propaneNot all gases are created equal. There are some key differences between natural gas and propane that highlight the advantages propane provides.

For starters, you need to be in a neighborhood served by a natural gas utility to have natural gas in your home. On the other hand, you can have propane in your home no matter where you live.

Natural gas is distributed by a utility company, not a local business, like County Propane. We let you customize your service with features, such as Automatic Delivery and wireless tank monitoring, and you enjoy responsive, personal service unmatched by big gas utilities!

Your propane supply is stored on your property in a tank for easy access. In the event of an issue with the underground pipelines of your natural gas utility, numerous customers like you could face a temporary lack of natural gas for water heating, cooking and other purposes until repairs are completed. This interruption could last for hours or potentially even days.

Propane stands out as a non-greenhouse gas, established as an approved alternative fuel under the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Natural gas, on the other hand, contains methane, a greenhouse gas.

Additionally, our domestic propane supply comes from North America, contributing to our energy independence.

Propane vs. heating oil

Propane heating systems offer energy efficiency that’s superior to oil-fired furnaces and boilers. Our proprietary HD5 Premium Plus fuel is also better for your home’s appliances.

A leak in your heating oil tank can lead to significant costs. Unlike propane tanks, heating oil tank issues can be financially burdensome because of those remediation costs for either your home if the tank is indoors or for the soil if your tank is located outdoors in the event of a tank failure. In fact, remediation for a heating oil tank failure can amount to six figures, and most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover this.

Finally, propane is much more versatile. Heating oil can only run your heating system and maybe your water heater. But propane does both better, and it can power so many other things, like your fireplace, your range, your dryer, a grill and more!

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