Propane vs. Electricity

What is the more efficient choice for your North Carolina home?

propane vs electricity
When it comes to energy efficiency, propane is the hands-down winner when compared with electricity.

Propane generates more Btu’s than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat energy. Also, clean-burning propane appliances are efficient, because they waste very little fuel in the combustion process, unlike electric-powered appliances. That’s why propane is better for the environment.

Heating with electricity vs. heating with propane

Most high-efficiency propane furnaces feature two-stage gas burners and variable-speed motors to deliver all the warm air you need, no matter how cold it gets. That’s why, on the coldest of North Carolina nights, propane-heated homes are much warmer than those that rely solely on electric heat.

Propane water heaters generally cost 30% less to operate than electric ones—or 60% less if you use a tankless propane water heater. And don’t forget comfort! Propane water heaters can produce about twice as much hot water as electric units in the same amount of time.

If you’re tired of your electric water heater leaving you shivering in a cold shower, contact your propane company about converting to a propane water heater. It’s a lot easier than you may think—plus you can save money by qualifying for a rebate.

Other efficient propane appliances

Propane ovens and ranges cost significantly less to operate than their electric counterparts. In terms of performance, gas stoves respond almost instantly to changes in temperature settings. This gives you more precise cooking control, which is important when you’re creating certain meals. Electric stoves take longer to respond, particularly when you’re turning the heat down or off. Here’s another advantage: a propane gas stove will continue to work during a power outage. You may also qualify for a rebate.

Propane space heaters for cold spaces are a great option, because they’re much less expensive to operate than portable electric heaters. Vented propane-gas space heaters are easy to install, incredibly efficient and extremely safe.

A propane clothes dryer gets laundry dry 25% faster than the typical electric model. That’s because a propane dryer has moisture sensors and dries clothes with far less static than electric models, which can be harsh on your fabrics. You may also qualify for a rebate.

Want to know more about the cost of propane versus electricity? Interested in converting your old electric appliances to propane and doing a cost comparison? Contact your propane company today! See what propane rebates are available.