Propane: A Cleaner, More Efficient Alternative To Electricity
Written on: May 11, 2021
Considering converting your electric-powered home comfort appliances to run on propane gas? Smart choice, especially here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where having a heating system that cranks out beaucoup BTUs is a must.
But there are more reasons to make the switch from electric to propane than just having a warmer, more comfortable home. Check out these benefits:
- Longer lasting appliances – Because propane burns clean, it causes less wear and tear on your furnace, boiler, or water heater – which means they’ll last longer and require less maintenance than electric appliances. On average, a well-maintained propane furnace will last about five years longer than a similarly maintained electric heat pump, for example.
- A smaller carbon footprint – About half the electricity in Minnesota and three-quarters of the electricity in Wisconsin is produced by burning either coal or natural gas – two significant GHG contributors (natural gas is basically methane – a gas that has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere). Propane burns cleaner than coal or natural gas – and since it’s more efficient at making heat than electricity, you’ll also need less of it to keep your house warm. Together, those perks mean less impact on the planet.
- Simplicity – Propane can power your stove, fireplaces, outdoor grill, laundry dryer, lighting, and more – all from a single propane tank or cylinder.
- Greater peace of mind – Propane can be used to keep a whole-house backup generator running, which will keep your power on until the grid’s back up. That won’t only keep the lights on, it will also keep your security system up, your sump pump working, and your food fresh.
Converting to propane gas is not as expensive or complicated as you might think –making the switch typically takes just a few days. To learn more about propane tank installation in MN and WI, contact Lakes Gas today!