Written on: May 27, 2015
Heating oil and propane are safe and efficient home heating fuels that keep getting better. Here’s the latest great news about these two fuels.
Let us introduce the Propane Energy Pod. No, it’s not the latest electronic gadget from Apple. It’s an innovative model for new-home construction that merges these five applications of propane into an integrated whole house energy package:
Builders can now use this approach to give their buyers a home that is a pleasure to live in—with gas for cooking, clothes drying and fireplaces, unlimited hot water and super-efficient space heating. Some builders are raising the bar even further by incorporating propane outdoor living products as well. As an added bonus, rebates are available through the Propane Education & Research Council.
Besides enjoying heightened, affordable comfort, anyone who builds a new home using the Propane Energy Pod model will have bragging rights because of how effectively it reduces carbon emissions.
If you or someone you know is considering purchasing a newly built home, please plan to visit BuildWithPropane.com/energypod to check out videos, facts sheets and more. And then pass this information on to your builder.
Affordable, guaranteed comfort. That’s what you get when you rely on propane to warm up your home. 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 one reason heated air from a furnace is much warmer than the temperatures achieved by more inefficient electric heat pumps.
A tankless propane water heater uses a flame so hot you no longer need to keep water sitting in a storage tank, eating up energy dollars while it waits to be used. What’s more, it’s almost impossible to run out of hot water, no matter how many showers, hot baths or laundry loads you have running.
Gas dryers typically dry your clothes 25% faster than electric models while being gentler on fabrics. Remember to clean the lint screen after every load. The duct, vent and hinged hood cover should also be cleaned at least once a year.
With a propane fireplace, there’s more heat without the work and fuss. Light your fire with the flip of a switch and then enjoy the incredible atmosphere of today’s log sets and realistic flames. Gas fireplaces can produce twice as much heat as wood-burning fireplaces at about a third of the cost. Plus no soot, ash or smoke.
You’ll never see an electric stove being used on Top Chef! Gas ovens give you much better temperature control and heat distribution than electric stoves. The most efficient stoves have an automatic electric ignition system, which saves propane because the pilot light is not burning continuously. Propane cooktops, ranges and ovens are available in the latest styles, including commercial grade stainless steel.