Propane Water Heater

Benefits of Switching from Electric to A Propane Hot Water Heater

The warmer weather may be quickly approaching, so the last thing on your mind is likely propane. But you’ve got to take a shower, even during the summer months, right? How much thought have you given to your hot water tank? If you’re like most, the answer is likely “not much,” if any at all.

But you may want to consider some of the advantages to changing to a propane tank. Here’s why – Heating your electric hot water tank accounts for about 18 percent of your monthly energy bill. The good news is there’s a simple way to keep that number as low as possible: switch from an electric water heater to one powered with propane.

The benefits of a propane-powered tank vs. electric include:

  • Environmental friendliness – Did you know that nuclear-powered plants produce almost half the electricity produced in Connecticut? Or that almost all the rest is produced by burning natural gas, which produces an enormous amount of methane – a greenhouse gas far worse for the planet’s health than carbon dioxide? Propane, on the other hand, is a low carbon, clean-burning energy source that emits virtually no air pollutants. It is also non-toxic, so accidental spills will not damage the environment.
  • Efficiency – Because propane packs a bigger BTU punch per dollar than electricity, propane water heaters heat double the amount of water per hour that electric water heaters do. That means you will get more hot water from a smaller sized tank, and you’ll wait less time for water to heat between uses. If you choose a propane tankless water heater, you’ll skip heating (and reheating) stored water altogether, which could save you as much as 50 percent on your water heating bill.
  • Durability – A propane tankless water heater typically lasts a decade longer than electric-powered storage-type heater because it’s built with better-quality parts that can often be repaired rather than being replaced.
  • Lower total cost of ownership – When you consider the lower cost to install and maintain propane equipment and its longer life span, a propane water heater comes out ahead in long-term energy savings, with a total cost of ownership of about 30 percent less than electric-powered water heaters.
  • Home value – A propane water heater – especially a tankless model – could improve your Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and LEED scores, which adds value to your home if you sell it.

As you can see, a propane water heater is a cost-effective way to heat water that provides many advantages over its electric counterpart.

Does your hot water tank need replacing? If so, now would be the perfect time to weigh the pros and cons of switching to propane, as discussed.

If you would like to contact us to discuss your options, we would love to have the conversation.