Electric Heat: Not as Clean or Efficient as You Think
Written on: February 14, 2022
Propane: Clean-Burning, Affordable, and Effective
We all want to make the most responsible choices for the planet and our families, and that includes choosing the best heating solution for your home.
These days, many public officials and advocates push all-electric heat as the only green option. Perhaps, you’ve heard that converting your home to an electric heat pump is both clean and efficient, but the facts don’t bear that out.
You see, electricity is neither as clean nor as efficient as you may think. On the contrary, propane is superior to electricity in many ways!
Electric Heat is Not as Sustainable as it Seems
While it might seem intuitive that electricity is cleaner than propane, this isn’t the case. It’s true that electric heat produces no greenhouse gas emissions in a home. However, the way that electricity is produced is far from clean.
63% of electricity comes from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. These generate huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.
When compared with a clean-burning alternative like propane, electricity doesn’t look like a very sustainable option.
Propane Powers Homes More Efficiently and Affordably
Propane is a clean energy alternative that helps Delaware households save money and become more energy efficient.
Consider these benefits:
- Propane is Green – Propane is not a greenhouse gas, and burning it produces almost zero emissions. Every day, we are getting closer to fully-renewable propane. This product will be composed of animal oils, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides but will burn as effectively as today’s propane.
- Propane is energy-efficient – Propane-powered homes also have smaller carbon footprints because their heating and appliances work more efficiently than electric models. The average propane-fired furnace keeps a U.S. home 20°F warmer than an electric heat pump.
- Propane is affordable – Propane is one of the most cost-effective options for your HVAC system and appliances. For example, propane water heaters generally cost 30% less to operate than electric ones (60% less for tankless propane water heaters).
- Propane is reliable – You have complete control of your energy supply when you heat your home with propane. If there is an electric blackout in your area, your home stays warm and safe!
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